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'Everything is a Remix Part 4' looks at social evolution and patent law

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New York-based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson has released the conclusion to his popular Everything is a Remix video series. This final installment focuses on the origin, evolution, and asymmetry of current patent and copyright legislation.

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everything remix 4

The long-awaited conclusion to Kirby Ferguson's Everything is a Remix series has finally been posted online and it doesn't disappoint. In this final installment — originally scheduled to be released in October, 2011 — Kirby takes a look at how humans are biased toward avoiding losses at the expense of realizing gains and the effect it has on our patent and copyright laws, tying together diverse threads from Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to Steve Jobs and Paul Allen. The 15-minute video contains dozens of original pieces of motion graphics and animation which are not only beautiful to look at, but really drive the artist's message home. Near the conclusion of the video Kirby moves on to focus on the absurdity of the current legal framework for software patents and the deluge of lawsuits flooding the smartphone industry. We won't spoil the video for you, but the following quote pretty much sums up the creator's take on intellectual property:

"The core belief was in the common good, what would benefit everyone. But over time, the power of the market transformed this principle beyond recognition. Influential thinkers proposed that ideas are a form of property, and this conviction would eventually yield a new term… intellectual property."

Regardless of how you feel about copyright and patent law, it's hard to think of a better way to kill 15 minutes at work this afternoon. Also, check the source link below to watch the first three parts in the series.