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Everything is a remix (remastered 2015)

A documentary on remix culture and on how to think about creativity, originality, and copyright.

Everything is a remix.

In 2010, Kirby Ferguson published a video to make the case for a remix culture.

The popular Everything is a Remix video was soon followed by more videos and a discussion about copyright, free information, and public domain was intensified.

Wikipedia on remix culture:

“Remix culture, sometimes read-write culture, is a society that allows and encourages derivative works by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new creative work or product. […] Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig […] founded the Creative Commons in 2001 which released Licenses as tools to enable remix culture again, as remixing is legally prevented by the default exclusive copyright regime applied currently on intellectual property. The remix culture […] is related to and inspired by the earlier Free and open-source software for software movement, which encourages the reuse and remixing of software works.”

Now, five years later, Ferguson decided to polish his videos and make them into one single HD video.

In Ferguson’s own words:

“In the five years since the series launched, Everything is a Remix has been viewed over two million times and produced a popular TED Talk. Amazingly, Remix continues to change the way people think about creativity, originality, and copyright. To celebrate the five year anniversary, I’ve polished up the original four parts and merged them into a single video. For the first time now, the whole series is available as a single video with proper transitions all the way through, unified styling, and remixed and remastered audio.”

Everything is a Remix is a stellar depiction of remix culture and on how to think about creativity, originality, and copyright.


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Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer, aka Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Communication Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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