“And quite often, Disney’s great genius, his spark of creativity, was built upon the work of others.” – Lawrence Lessig
It’s a tale as old as time, true as it can be. Nothing is ever truly original.
I like to consider myself a modern-day Shakespeare. You know, borrowing materials, sprucing them up a bit, making them into something that modern people will enjoy – that sort of thing. This is the reality for a majority of the users of participatory media, where, in an information economy, value lies in the un-copyable. And, with the key dynamic of modern-day copyright laws being control of content, it is harder than ever to keep creativity and originality flowing.
So, this week I used some “Walt Disney Creativity” of my own to create a ~ completely ~ original and ~ very ~ copyright free meme, which displays a discontent towards Shakespeare’s ability to succeed through the “brilliance of the differences” [Lawrence Lessig] between his ‘inspirations’ and his plays.
Here’s some common copyright myths:
How copyright aware are you when you engage with participatory media? Comment below.