Original video: “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé.
Remixed video: “Pharaoh’s Throne” by CardGamesFTW
Is the remix/reuse a “fair use”? Why or why not? (include a discussion of the four factors that are considered in fair-use cases)
Yes. The remixed video is a comment on the original video and song. The purpose of the remix and usage of the song is for entertaining audiences. The copyrighted work is not exclusive enough to rebuff any type of reuse of the song so long as the reuse is not for profit. Directly, none of the original lyrics are used in the remixed video, but the beat, tempo and other aspects of the song are used exactly. Since this video does not sell their remix or advertise selling the original song by Lady Gaga, it does not affect potential sales of her original work.
Who benefits from the remix/reuse? The original creator? The remixer/reuser? The audience? Why?
I would have to say everyone benefits from the remix. The original creator has another outlet for their song to be spread indirectly. People who hear this remix will want to hear the original. The remixer benefits because people who know the original song may peek into their video to see how they redid it; they kind of ride on the coattails of the original to get noticed. The audience benefits because it’s free entertainment and a funny video for anyone who like Lady Gaga, the anime Yu-Gi-Oh, or both.
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.” What do you think he meant by this statement and how does it apply to your example?
What Jordan Roseman meant, was that by using another person’s original work, you are contributing new material into the world and therefore are not being creative at all. On the other hand, you are reusing the original in a new way that hasn’t been thought of before, and therefore are being 100% creative. This applies to my example because the creator CardGamesFTW has used a well-known song without altering it drastically; 0% creative. On the other hand, CardGamesFTW has put the song into a new context, blending it with another, completely different media and made up lyrics to follow it; 100% creative.
Do you agree or disagree with the artists’ viewpoints as expressed in “Walking on Eggshells”? Why?
For the most part, I agree with what the artists’ are expressing in the video. They have an excellent point in how they want to create original art and they are doing it within the confines of the law, even if some people have a hard time seeing it. That said, I do have a personal preference for people creating an original work, such as writing songs and music and paintings. But without us knowing, people have a long history of borrowing others’ ideas and even reusing them.
The above is, needless to say, for my Internet and Society class. I’m sorry if any of it is hard to follow, but reiterating some finer points would just be redundant for my class. :)
If you wish to see the video I’m discussing in the questions this is the link: “Walking on Eggshells (part 1)”