Remix: creativity or stealing

7 Nov

If there was no one translating the Bible to different language and spreading it to the world, what would the world be today?

If we set the boundary for creativity, will there still be new technology?

If we did not set the boundary to protect copyright, would there be anyone who wants to create new things?

How do draw the line for “First Amendment?”

To be honest, I still have no answer.




It seems that I did not communicate my message clearly. I  doubt that “you can’t argue creativity when it’s based on other people’s stuff.” Because we will never know where this kind of creativity will lead us to. That is why I put the pictures of Spanish Bible, the English version of the Analects of Confucius and many other “art parodies” in the video. We can see in many cases, parody/remix work make people notice the original work. Moreover, it can even create culture. With the Internet, the effect of it is more obviously. So I put the song “Let’s go crazy.” If you have opinion, just do it. Bring those creativitis out and let the world know.

Although I think it is important but hard to find the balance between copyright and creativity. There is no reason to let “the past controls the future.”



9 Responses to “Remix: creativity or stealing”

  1. Mindy McAdams November 7, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I find this video a little short on message (communicating clearly?), but the visuals work well.

    • chentingchen November 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

      I edited the text trying to make my message clearly.Hope that works.

  2. sadiecone10 November 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I wasn’t sure what your exact message was, but I think you are commenting on the realm of creativity and how each individual can provide some sense of value and creativity to a body of work. It’s also interesting that you said “Thank you” for your creativity. I think this is something that doesn’t really occur with culture jamming and remixing…the original artist and then those that build upon that all become a mixed up version, so there’s no real attribution/authorship anymore.

  3. aflaten November 11, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    So the question is, can imitation be the sincerest form of flattery AND creativity? I’m not entirely sure I’m convinced here. I can say that imitation for the uses of parody can certainly be entertaining, as you demonstrated with your remix.

    I think it’s amusing to watch satirical remixes, like the Lady Gaga example, but ultimately, I think the strongest arguments for remixing stem from the idea of taking something familiar and using it to make your audience think about something in a certain way.

    Of course, when a remix can be funny AND make you think about something in a certain way, then it’s really good. For example, that Scary Mary Poppins video was hilarious and made me extremely suspicious of English nannies all in one brilliant stroke.

  4. joneelauriel November 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    I think your remix video brings up a good point that we discussed in class about “Glee” and how it should be considered an honor for an artist to have a song performed. Although they do a “Glee” version it brings attention and notoriety back to the artist. So when people “re-create” or “remix” work of someone else are they copying, stealing or flattering the artist? I understand copyright and other issues come into play but I think it’ a very fine line. But I don’t think any idea is totally original anymore,the inspiration or thought probably had an origination somewhere from another artist or work.

  5. fanninchen November 12, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    In my opinion, sometimes people copy or steal others’ ideas not only to create something new but to gain their own fame. For the examples you showed in the video, people steal the performances from popular stars or dress up like celebrities in order to increase their clicks of Youtube video. On the other hand, internet provides a platform for people to be a star, even though it’s kind of a copy of the original one, but I still believe its an unique creation of the one and only.

    • francescalyn November 12, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      I really liked the images you chose in this video. I wonder though if something like the Bible in Spanish is truly a remix as it is a translation. People have been translating texts for a long time. The Bible is regularly printed in many different languages. Is this maybe a commentary on source materials? What is the original?

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