Another week has passed. Closer and closer we get to the middle of the semester. This week we learned about Intellectual Property and “Fair use” of copyrighted property. All week I wondered what would I post about and then tragedy set off a light bulb.
On Friday October 5th, I lost a friend in a very tragic way. It hurt but ironically it allowed me to in-cooperate what I learnt this week with a tribute to him. I am an avid music fan, always listening to music, dancing to music. I see music as a form of comfort and fun. I love going to parties and listening to the art of the DJ as they ‘mix’ the tunes. My friend was a DJ. I have been to so many parties he played at; got so many mix-tapes from him. But I ask myself: all the fun I had listening to his mixes was it fair use what he did as part of his living?
I think that many of the DJ’s out there do in fact use copyrighted music fairly. Many create “mixtapes” not just for the benefit of their fans listening pleasure. Many do not request any form of payment for their work. Links are always being put out by DJs so that the public can download their latest work. They do it unselfishly.
Well maybe not. 🙂
Many aspire to be the best DJ in their area so by putting these tapes out they create a fan base and let themselves be known. Many use the parties and clubs at which they play as a trial on how the public accepts it. Would all of this be considered unfair use of copyrighted material? I think not! Many times only a few parts or lines of a song is used; other times only the beat is used. Isn’t that fair use seeing it’s only a small portion?
Although many times artists may complain that their material is being used without permission, it also serves as a way to market their property. Indirectly, I believe that this is a win win for all parties involved. As a music fan, I appreciate the hard work and extreme creative talent of everyone who remixes music or videos. It’s great to view and to dance to! Win win!