The cosa nostra dons, the crafty sorcerers, and the masters of illusion sitting on their holy-woods would like to hoard all the art collections for themselves and never let anybody else enjoy them. Perhaps a Fuhrermuseum, meine Herren? Caverns and warehouses full of film reels, all destined for decay as their shelf life is at most 70 years and nobody can access them because they're the private property of studios. Let a few of them out now and again in digitized form, unrecognizably modified and ruined using their corporate formulae, and let those art pieces of their dislike simply disappear and be scrubbed from societal memory. It doesn't matter if these films formed the backbone of the American cultural identity, nay the world through the twinkling magic wand of the place they call the playground of Angels. They're copyrighted. All fictions belong to the fictional institutions and fictional abstractions. Our culture is a corporate property, and it is whatever the unofficial ministry of entertainment tells us it is. And the ministry certainly does not want their viewers watching any old material of their choosing. That would be awful for their pockets. We the ever-hungry consumers must watch whatever the gate keepers let us watch. We must spend our time thinking about the things they want us to focus on. "Ooh, a piece of candy! Ooh, a piece of candy! Ooh, another piece of candy!" Monkey see, monkey do, it seems. But you know, some of us on the carousel would like to get off the ride for a bit and build our own amusements for a change.
For if the people are not allowed to create art using the things that make up their culture, then they must naturally reject that culture to be able to express themselves adequately. Either that, or there must be a recognition for the need and an avenue for reconciliation and an expansion of fair-use or other legal hurdles. If it is acceptable for artists to use existing art as their canvas, such as modifying a photo of a Chinese emperor by painting over it using psychedelic colors, then it should be acceptable for an artist to use an existing film and apply digital modifications to create new art. In a similar way, if it is acceptable for there to be remixes and adaptations to music, why not extend the right to make modifications to the existing tracks and release them under fair use? Surely the technical hurdles to ensure that everyone gets their dues/royalties/pieces-of-the-pie are already solved and hence this is only a matter of willingness to say "yes" to a new business model applied to a bygone media of history?
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