Most people enjoy a good remix of original music, we get to hear the music we already loved changed and turned into something different but we still enjoy the sound. The internet has assisted in this new remix culture craze. With is being easy to share the content on places like youtube and SoundCloud. But this content sharing, remixing, mashup’s and more have generated issues with copyright and developed debate in audiences about the freedom we have as audience artists. Trap music on YouTube for example generally presents remixes of the music you hear on the radio, free for people to listen to and download. But could this be a trap for users? are we downloading illegal content.
It’s difficult to distinguish what’s copying and what’s remixing or ‘paying tribute to’. Copyright makes it challenging for us to create pieces that ‘bounce off’ the original content, in this current society that has begun to rely on audience involvement, we should be focusing on developing laws to ensure that audience content can be produced without them getting a lawsuit or having their content taken off platforms like youtube and SoundCloud. It’s easy to create this content, any app or website can make a remix for you and allow you to upload it to SoundCloud but, many people won’t upload content because they are afraid of having people call them out as someone who is a copier or trying to take credit for other people’s world.
For example here is a song where I remixed the ending in a matter of minutes and uploaded to SoundCloud:
And some more examples of remix/mashup’s: