Sample patent troll A masterpiece of our timeEverything is a remix is one of those few productions that hits the nail dead on the head, an absolute must-watch. The now complete four part series of ten minute, content crammed films produced over two years explains why there is no such thing as an original masterpiece. The films demonstrate in exquisite detail how everything from Led Zeppelin to Star Wars and from art to technology, not to mention science is based upon hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of uses of other people’s creations.

copyright hypocrisy1 A masterpiece of our time

Loss Aversion: We wrongly perceive our losses to be greater than our gains. When we copy we justify it, when others copy we vilify it

The films powerfully demonstrate how the purpose of copyright and patent law was to allow a brief period of exclusivity to allow development costs to be recouped yet the most litigious companies of or our era, who have all based their work on the work of others, proceed to slam their descendants with crippling intellectual property litigation. Even Disney who’s titles are littered with content built out of public domain content lobbied for the extension of the term of copyright.

steve jobs 2010 A masterpiece of our time

Stebe Jobs, 2010 “I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.”

Steve Jobs 1996 A masterpiece of our time

Steve Jobs, 1996 "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas"

Anyway, enough small talk. Sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy!

The creater of the series is currently over half way to funding a new production on Kickstarter. The final (also completely free) product is due for broadcast in the run up to the 2012 US predidential election. If Everything is a remix is anything to go by then This is Not a Conspiracy Theory looks like it could be a noble cause indeed.

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"This is not a conspiracy theory" on Kickstarter

 

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