Without Copyright, Hollywood Would Never Be Incented To... Make A Bunch Of Remakes?

from the nothing-new-under-the-sun dept

We keep hearing about how the entertainment industry needs strong copyright in order to create incentives for the creation of new and original content, saying that without such things, there would be no new creative works at all. And, at the same time, we have the very same people mocking any cultural attempts to build new content by remixing and mashing up old works into something new. So I'm curious to see how those same people explain the fact that Hollywood's entire focus these days seems to be on taking old works and redoing them, rather than creating new and "unique" stories:
In fact, over the next 12 months, audiences can expect to see a new episode or version of "Planet of the Apes," “The Avengers,” “Spider-Man,” “Fright Night,” “The Great Gatsby,” “When Worlds Collide,” “RoboCop,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “The Thing,” “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “The Raven,” “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Red Dawn” and “Footloose.”

Add those to recent updated versions of “Winnie the Pooh,” “Clash of the Titans,” “Karate Kid,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “War of the Worlds,” “Arthur,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Tourist” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

And deja vu happens when you turn the television on too.

This fall ABC are bringing back the 1970s series “Charlie’s Angels,” FOX is awakening “The Flintstones,” MTV has its hands on “Teen Wolf,” and we’ve already been slapped with Aaron Spelling’s “90210” and “Melrose Place” on the CW, while NBC re-imagined “The Bionic Woman” and “Knight Rider.”
But Hollywood is producing all these wonderful "new" and creative works, right? And remixing old works isn't creative at all?

Filed Under: hollywood, movies, remakes, tv shows


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    Derek Kerton (profile), 3 Aug 2011 @ 11:32am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "We just want Hollywood to admit it's true.

    Um, don't you think the fact that they're making remakes is because they know it's true that people like them?"

    What they DO and what they SAY are not in sync. This is exactly what Masnick (and I) is pointing out. Seems a little thick not to have picked up the key takeaway.

    The media industry (perhaps not exactly the movie industry) has been suing derivative artists like Girl Talk for 'appropriating' their art, and building something new with it. We feel like these derivative works are fair use. The motion picture industry has attacked all sorts of fan fiction in much the same way. Techdirt has dozens of posts where media backers comment how these "remixers are nothing better than thieving punks." So, in these cases, the media industry seems to think that derivative works are NOT creative works of their own.

    Clearly this isn't a "slam dunk" argument we just made.
    We're just pointing out a little more hypocrisy to add to the pile.

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