Watch this: Copies, remixes, patents and the cell phone industry

Embrace the Remix (via kirby1)

Kirby Ferguson is back with a TED talk that is essentially a Bob Dylan-filled remix of his Everything is a Remix series. Ferguson explores the relationship between how new ideas are formed and how the law regulates those ideas. He jabs at Apple and the cell phone industry as a whole as an example of how current treatment of Intellectual Property can be a bit absurd. In the end, he states that patents and copyrights run counter to their intent of encouraging new and useful arts because they don't acknowledge that new ideas are heavily dependent on old ideas. Ferguson doesn't seem to have an answer on how to fix copyright or patents, but he provides food for thought.