Hello everyone and welcome back to my BCM blog after the recess week we all needed and deserved. This weeks topic is part two of trajectories and convergence topic that we spoke about in week 5 but we are focusing on the intellectual property paradigm and the content control industry.
Obviously if I had created something that was so incredible and an audience loved it and I was making money from it, then I would want to own it and not have anyone else with my creation and making money off it either. If you have an idea and you’ve worked hard on it, for someone to take it and use it then that’s not satisfying for any creative person which is why it’s good that copyright laws have come through.
Land Down Under is an iconic Australian song yet so is Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree. Copyright laws are made to protect anything created by someone so that it remains yours. Something so iconic like these songs and to have such a large audience to then years later have a dispute about a ‘flute riff’ used in Land Down Under that is originally used in Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, is a good example of stealing and using someones original creation.
Is it too far to sue a band for a flute riff? Not at all – Land Down Under topped charts world wide and really it was getting all this fandom when it contains parts of another popular song, it was not 100% original.
How far should copyrighting go though? As Ted mentioned in the lecture, a man got sued for the bird noise in the background of a video that he has no control over.
Be careful kids, is anything out there really yours?