Good copy Bad copy

Good copy, bad copy explores copyright predominately with music though touches upon Nollywood the Nigerian movie industry and in literature.

Piracy has always been an issue for the music and movie industries, though with the expansion of the internet, it has enabled global copy infringement throughout methods such as file sharing, with a huge amount of websites dedicated to facilitating it.  The video highlights that the creative industry specifically the music industry needs to reevaluate the way in which copyright can adapt to the development of media and the internet.

The video raises the issue of sampling and how this limits an artists creativity.  It is illegal to use aspects of other songs even if the artist is changing it to make it their own.  This makes me think of a Marilyn Manson’s quote “Salvador Dali said something on the lines of…Anyone who doesn’t steal and make it their own, isn’t an artist.” Nothing new exists under the sun, there’s only new ways to destroy what already exists. As an artist, you create things, and sometimes in creation you destroy things, and it’s just being conscious of that.”  I think that creativity is always being recycled and reused, it is just the way in which you do this that makes it your own.

Copy right is in an issue affects all of the arts.  In my own creative practice and distribution of my work I am becoming aware of copy right affecting me. By posting work on blogs and video and image sharing sites you are giving people access to your work.  And as a video maker, putting music to your piece opposes a challenge.

On the subject of copy, singer Rhianna is being sued by David La Chapelle over claims she copied his images in the music video S&M.  As reported by,  the lawsuit alleges that “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works,” and has copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting”.


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