I’m sure that at some point you have seen a remixed trailer for some movie posted at YouTube. Some of them are lame, some of them are hilarious. The formula is simple, you take an existing movie, and you create a short trailer with an amusing spin. For example, someone made trailer that makes Dodgeball look like a serious thriller, or one that makes Jaws into a love story.
Other times, you can find trailers for movies that do not even exist. Did you like Titanic? Hell, you gotta love Titanic 2 with it’s star studded cast :P
Finally you have a whole genre of “vs movies” in which big screen heroes from different movies come together, and fight to the death. These video clips answer age old questions like: could Robocop defeat Neo?
Did I forget anything? Oh, yes – there is a whole nation of people like my friend un4scene who create themed music videos for their favorite songs, using clips from the shows and movies they love.
Say what you want, but making things like that takes skill and creativity. And in no way do these lovingly crafted clips take away anything from the original works. Lets’ face it – we live in the age of remix culture. The world of remixed media is where raw creativity meets technology. Remixing is a global phenomenon, and people are getting better and better at it. Unfortunately, this reign of free, uninhibited creativity is about to end.
All the media distributors are currently working on their own DRM solutions. Entertainment industry is throwing it’s weight around, and demands all these draconian copy protection schemes. Electronics industry people fear being locked out of content, so they bend over and take it up the ass from the RIAA’s and MPAA’s of the world. Everyone profits, except of the customer.
Every day, more and more content is released with crippling DRM. At some point in the near future we will hit a critical threshold where no new stuff will be available in un-protected form. Old media will be slowly phased out, and replaced by new High Definition DRM enabled releases. And that will be the end of remix culture.
Under DMCA it is illegal to crack DRM protection, even if you try to exercise your free use. The law will still allow copyrighted content to be freely used parodies. But what do you use if there are no official un-encrypted free copies available on the market? Soon remixing will be a criminal offense under DMCA.
MPAA and RIAA will kill American remix scene, and Sony and Microsoft are going to give them tools to do this. If that worries you, do something. Write to your representative, spread the word, don’t buy Sony, use Open Office… But first and foremost boycott all music and movies crippled with DRM. The only way we can stop entertainment industry from screwing our children out of fair use, is to cut their revenue stream.