Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Online Communication...Art vs. Business???

This post is somewhat off track of the main topic of this blog that has to do with the importance of online communication and the fair use of other’s works and ideas.

To me, online communication is one of the most important forms if communication in our society today. Through the internet millions of people are able to communicate their feelings, ideas, emotions and thoughts as well as gather information and knowledge. There are many ways people choose to express themselves through the internet whether it is through email, blogs, communication networks, videos, music...etc. and share or formulate these features it into their own artistic works. This can stir up a bit of confusion between what is being taken and misused and what is ok to create using others works and ideas.

In the article "Changing Copyright" say that people are using elements, fragments, or pieces of what someone else has created and putting it in the creation of a new one for artistic reasons and that the elements may remain identifiable, or they may be transformed to varying degrees as they are incorporated into the new creation, where there may be many other fragments all in a new context, forming a new "whole". This becomes a new "original" I like and am in favor of this idea of a new "original", being able to use bits and pieces of others information or ideas, by transforming it into something completely different adding your own touch to it.

But now, the problem is escalating into something much more than just "borrowing" ideas, it is stealing songs or videos and sharing them across the internet with millions of other users. This controversy is hard to take sides on because I believe that online music is such a great commodity, where I can find new and old music at the click of a button. Also it can be used as a type of advertisement for new, struggling bands who just want to get their music out there. But I understand that music corporations may be losing money from people that over abuse downloading songs, but it seems to me that fighting it is not going to make much of a difference.

After reading the "Negative lands Tenants of Free Appropriation" I agree that no one should be allowed to claim private control over the creative process of the internet itself. The real struggle is the fight between art against business, and ultimately like they said about which one must make way for the other and put the gloves down.

As a writer and creator I will do my best to give credit to other’s works and research through this blog leaning towards more of the artistic argument to share works and ideas of mine and others.

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