Response – Larry Lessig TED Talk

CC Aixa Rodriguez

Piracy & Copyright Infringement have become topics of controversy and discussion in today’s society because of easy access and availability of copyrighted content.  The internet is filled with a variety of ways to freely obtain content that is protected by law and/or is originally sold for a monetary price.  Larry Lessig promotes the idea that current law and regulation does not meet the norms and activities of modern technology.  Mashups, remixes, downloading, user generated content, amateur content, and a variety of new types of activities and media functionality has enveloped today’s copyrighted material.

Mashup artists such as Girl Talk and Super Mash Bros have led the way in a new form of musical expression, a genre that many think directly violates copyright laws.  However, the popularity of this new group of musicians and the mashup genre exemplifies the change in people’s likes and interests.  In line with Lessig’s 3 stories that he told during his TED Talk, we can see that competition and common sense have arisen in the case of Girl Talk.  The response of the people, who have embraced the mashup genre, shows that new technology, the internet, and media markets are moving in an entirely new direction.  Common sense has made its way into the minds of executives in the music industry who have not sued Girl Talk and other Mashup artists because of the popularity of the genre.

I think Larry Lessig has several interesting points about communication and the new form of Read Write exchange.  Today’s generation of technology and internet users is drastically different than the previous generations.  Improved technology and new forms of talk and text and made today’s society highly intertwined with new ways of obtaining information and things, and laws and regulations have to meet the new norms and standards of the users.


2 thoughts on “Response – Larry Lessig TED Talk

  1. Good point (and cool article on Girl Talk and the music industry! Hadn’t read that…).
    I think that’s a really smart point, also, about how new legislation seems like it might have to meet the standards of everyday internet users. It’s of course entirely possible that I’m (we’re) wrong, but the example of SOPA/PIPA dying makes it seem like internet users are active (or are activate-able by internet activists) in a way that could prevent non-commonsensical legislation.
    Of course, you never know.

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