Today remixes and reuses are prevalent. Artists, piece together different recordings to create something new, or they use an old creation in a new way. This is a new form of art. In this post I am going to look at a recent remix done of a “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” episode.
Remix: Mr. Rogers Remixed. Garden of Your Mind. PBS Digital Studios.
Original: Mr. Rogers. Garden of Your Mind original footage.
The original video is copyrighted to Family Communications Inc. PBS has the right to reuse the footage, so they created the remix. The video was produced for commercial purposes. The original video is a creative work and a significant portion of it is used to make the remix. This violates the fair use doctrine; however, the remix was made to increase (or revamp) the market for the original work – the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood show.
The remixer (PBS Digital Studios) and the audience benefits from the remix. The original creator, Fred Rogers, cannot benefit from it because he is dead. PBS will pull more views for the show from the remix so they benefit in this way. The audience also benefits because valuable information is given in the video and the way in which it was remixed, makes it easier to remember what was said.
Walking On Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age (PART 1/3)
Walking On Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age (PART 2/3)
Walking On Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age (PART 3/3)
In “Walking on Eggshells,” Jordan Roseman said, “there’s no question that at some point using other people’s recordings is 100% your creativity and then at some point it is 0% your creativity.” I think what he meant by saying its 100% your creativity is that the way in which the recordings were manipulated to bring about the new piece of art is because of the artist’s vision and abilities, his or her ability to produce or create something different and interesting. It is also considered 0% creativity because the remix artist did not actually create the recordings. They were done by someone else so the remix artist cannot get the credit for it.
This applies to the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood remix in that the PBS remixer did not record the episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood that was used to do the remix. However, the remixer used their creativity (100%) to produce something different and interesting from the original.
I agree with most of the viewpoints expressed by the artists in “Walking on Eggshells.” I believe that any creation was inspired from another creation. Artists get their inspiration from different sources and once they put out their creation, there is no way of stopping someone else from being inspired by it and using it.
In the cases of the mashup and remix artists, I do believe that what they produce are their own creations, it was their ideas and skills used to put the recordings together. However, since the actual recordings were done by others, I believe that credit should be given to the original producers of the recordings. The entire work cannot be attributed solely to the remix or mashup artist