Remix culture is the state of society that allows secondary function by editing existing materials to formulate a new product. It is considered as a permissive of efforts to improve upon, change, and integrate the word of copyright holders.
This culture has become a global phenomenon where creativity, technology and collaboration intersect. In the recent video game world, this phenomena is more termed explicitly as a ‘modding’. Under these procedures, a person takes a professional commercial game title and then changes it in a very creative way that the designers may not have considered.
History of Remix Culture
The history of Remix Culture is ancient; it has been done since time immemorial. Various cultures have passed with mixing and margining prior arts to form a new work, just like folk music. In the 1940s, a French engineer recast pre-recorded sounds by manipulating the speed and direction of turntables and magnetic tape. This is one of the first recorded remixes in the world.
In India, in the late of 1990s to 2000s, the emergence of remix culture as old Hindi songs was subject to catchy beats which were often accompanied by the videos featuring a scantily clad woman.
Problems and Challenges Found in the Concept
The Remix Culture faces its challenges, the primary being the moral rights of the creator. The Berne Convention helps the original artist instead of the amateur creator, most of the original authors file for copyright infringement when a small part of their work has been sued, citing prejudice to their reputation. Going by the extremes, not music or content can be the same to other as there will be an element of difference by the idea which was behind it and also the expression that came out.
PicsArt defines Remix as a “piece of media which has been altered from its original state after adding, modifying and removing the item” and that is the single symptom of the remix. Videos, books, songs, photographs, and other artworks can all be remixes.
Legal Repercussion and Repost and Remix
When the matter comes about uploading anything online, this is pretty much understood that anything not watermarked in some way by its creator is fair game to use. Their image gets reposted and “remixed” every time without any legal repercussions, as seen in the use of memes and other types of comical visual representations.
Music is harder to determine what is allowed to be used for remix purposed and what is not, since many singers do not want their original work modified by others if they seek to make no gain from it. This is the reason that Creative Commons Licensing, a copyright licensing system had been started.
It is said that we live in the age of the remix and that is why here “everything is a remix”. Overall, we can say that Remix Culture has created an environment that is completely not possible for a creator to have his own original creation, but we can’t ignore its advantages.