Friday, December 17, 2010

The world's most important drum break

Here is a very interesting video about a 6 second drum break that has been sampled hundreds of times and used in many ways, by many creative people, and how this explosion of creative projects that utilized this sample was only made possible because the original copyright owner never pursued any kind of legal action towards those who used this sample. Copyright laws are out of control, and as a musician who uses samples as my main tool, I can tell you from personal experience that it sucks to always have to think about where your sample came from and if it is going to cause you trouble in the future (I don't believe in intellectual property, but it doesn't mean that someone cannot use the government against me in this regard).

Funny as I write this a song by M.I.A. came on and they are a sample heavy band that I hope understands the fallacy of copyright and how it destroys creativity instead of benefiting creative endeavors. Copyright is great for corporations, and terrible for artists.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The government created wikileaks

“The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. And the way to make government accountable is make it transparent"- Barack Obama 1/21/09

The government created wikileaks. Not in the literal sense, but in the market sense. There is a need and desire for transparency. In the marketplace, whenever there is a need, there are going to be people to step in and fill that need. Wikileaks has stepped in to fill that void. If governments were not so secretive then there would be no need for wikileaks.

The US government claims it has to be “the worlds police”, if this is the case then they need to operate in the open and explain their actions. They may not like wikileaks since they cannot control what gets released, when it gets released, and how it is released (some have accused wikileaks of editing). But the government created the need for wikileaks by building an empire on secrets, violence and corruption. They have attacked other countries based on information that turned out to be falsified, they have misled the American people over and over again, and continually show themselves to not be worthy of trust.

Perfect decisions are only possible with perfect knowledge, and even though this is never really possible, it is made less possible the more information is kept secret from you, this holds true in all aspects of life. The less you know, the more likely you are to make bad decisions. Wikileaks is doing the world a favor by exposing more secrets and providing everyone with a greater level of information upon which they can make future decisions.