In the digital world, every operation involves copying. The Copyright Act is ignored as internet users remix and recreate content.
Within my remediation I copy Travis Wall word for word, as he discusses my previous blog post. He didn’t specify that his words were in the Public Domain, so therefore my remediation is an infringement of copyright.
So why do Internet users knowingly break the law?
Collective intelligence adds pressure on the Copyright Act, as it’s now harder to monitor the amount of copied content online. Often, the worst consequence is an infringement notice and having the video taken down. The Takedown Hall of Shame displays numerous cases of online content that has been taken down, along with receiving an infringement notice. The website argues that:
“trademark complaints have threatened all kinds of creative expression on the Internet”.
Remix culture purely exists by taking other people’s content and remixing it. If the internet is a machine for making more internet, then how will it survive if Copyright Law gets tougher?