This film focuses on the changing concepts of copyright and the effects that limiting the legal use of ideas and "intellectual property" can have on our future. I believe limitations such as these are extremely harmful particularly in the world of education, where learning through mimicry can be so effective. We've heard numerous times how a child learns by mimicry, and while this is true through simple tasks such as putting on your shoes, eating with your mouth, or learning how to speak, the same can be said of adults with more complex tasks such as writing a book (wherethey would learn from the writing styles of other authors) or painting a picture (where they would have to pull from images they've seen in the past). As humans, we always innately look back, and understand what has come and been done before us,in order to move forward and build upon existing ideas: this is crEaTivitY.
A world where we live in constant fear of being reprimanded for growing and expanding on the ideas of others is a world where the concept of new ideas will cease to exist at all. In my utopia, people realize that their "copyrighted" ideas are really only benefiting the world if they are allowed to be expanded on; ripped apart and put back together again in new forms. In my utopia, people understand that all possible combinations and permutations of words attempting to make a point have already been made, and that that the reuse of those words or concepts by others should not intimidate the original creator, but should empower them to create newer ideas by pitting them against the combinations and permutations of other words that have never before been pitted against.
[Paragraph added Nov 3, 2014; 20:00 MST] Marshall McLuhan, a public intellectual and philosopher of communication theory, argues that "all media are extensions of some human faculty—psychic or physical". In other words, everything that we create, particularly technology, are inspired by human qualities. For example, "the wheel is an extension of the foot [...] clothing an extension of the skin, electric circuitry an extension of the central nervous system". If all these technologies were inspired by and built upon functions of the human body, why are the creators of those technologies allowed to claim them as their own? Should they not be crediting the creator of the human body, whether that be a God or mothers? People of today appear to be so hung up on crediting "who did it first", but have we technically ever created anything first, with no outside influences?
By limiting the sharing of ideas and information, we are choosing to live in a world where life stands still—where creativity is dead. A world where every third word has to be either referenced, hyperlinked or purchased from whoever decided to claim it first in an effort to make sure that nothing new threatens those who created what already comfortably exists.
What kind of world would that be to live in?