From the beginning, I had a clear concept of what social issue I wanted to critique in my video. I chose body image in women. However, as soon as I knew what I wanted to do, I realized all of the problems I would face. How do I appropriate without stealing? Is that under five seconds of that song? What if someone already remixed this, do I need to remix it further? It seemed a daunting task to make such a short video. A question I found myself pondering often during my process was how changed and broken up do sound clips need to be to no longer be considered the originals, as I did not want to infringe on the many copyright laws that exist in this day and age. As Lawrence Lessig states, "We thus live in an era of "illegal art"-not because of the political message of the art, not because of its morality, but because to use and reuse without permission is deemed a crime." I focused a large amount of effort into making sure I stayed within legalities during my process, but I learned you have to be very mindful and always paying attention. I agree copyright should protect artists and people, but then again if the material is changed sufficiently, I think artists should be able to use more than a measly five seconds. Lawrence Lessig also wrote, "The mix produces the new creative work-the "remix."" My question as an artist is still the same: how do we properly remix media to create art if there are laws at preventing this every step of the way?
Copyright issues aside, I also wasn't sure I would be able to completely avoid the PSA feeling while making a video about a social issue. My art does not normally focus on issues like this, so I really had to push myself to create an artistic video using found footage without stepping on any legal toes. I feel as though I was successful, but my video may still be a bit too linear for my liking.