One of the observations I have made about our legal system is that if you have enough money, you may be able to do whatever you want. Apple and MTV are formidable legal opponents from a financial backing standpoint, so from a purely cynical perspective that “money seems to determine the law / publicly sanctioned truth” I would predict Eminem would lose.
The issues here are very important, however, and I really am not as cynical as the paragraph above might suggest. I think a big issue in cases like this, which may not always be acknowledged as it should, is greed. A lot of the lawsuits and arguments about intellectual property seem to hinge on this motivation for both corporations and individuals. Wouldn’t it be better if we approached issues like these more from a “creative commons” perspective? Of course there needs to be financial incentive for people to innovate and create, but a big part of innovation relies on the abilities of individuals to utilize the ideas of others in creating their own new syntheses. I am hoping to read Lessig’s latest publication, “Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity” and gain some more perspective on these vital issues.
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