by Alphaville Herald on 28/10/09 at 6:15 am
Balancing creator, mixer, and consumer rights
by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
While I was visiting Soviet Woodbury Saturday, the resident communists took time away from building their new workers’ paradise to rez a brightly colored dance floor and an impromptu worker’s dance party took place to an audio stream from http://www.maxxhitsbootlegs.com – a French mashup site that seems to be on the way to becoming the metaverse soundtrack of choice for both Second Life and Metaplace. At the Metaplace Fashion Show event on Friday we were also dancing to a stream from the site, and I can confirm maxxhitsbootlegs is an in-theme choice for user-generated content worlds in either 2.5D or 3D.
I've begun to wonder if audio mashups are the aural equivalent of the W-Hat goons' and Woodbury /b/tard's builds – unexpected juxtapositions of diverse elements to create a new and typically ironic work – sometimes for fun and sometimes as social commentary. A mashup like Black Butterfly Busters combining Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings + Ram Jam – Black Betty + Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters seems to be saying something, but can the copyright laws and the sampled content creators keep up?
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With mashup artists like ToToM intentionally pushing the copyright envelop it is unclear how sustainable this is – but as Larry Lessig pointed out at TED last year, balancing the rights of creators, remixers, and consumers is in everyone’s long term interest if we are to have more than a read-only consumer world.