Netflix is based on suggestions. It's always suggesting you watch thing and it's navigation menu is almost all suggestions. It's pretty easy to just click and watch something at random, and if you've rated enough content, it's a fair bet it's something you will enjoy. Works pretty well.
We already collect taxes and give it to artists. That what the National Endowment for the Arts is for. If people want more of that, I'm all for it. Let the artists apply for grants and keep the for-profit corporations out of it.
After all, why can't a rock musician get paid the same way a symphony musician does?
The goal of art is not to create something new and original. The goal of art is to contribute something to the conversation. Every contribution enhances the conversation and if enough people contribute, it becomes a piece of culture. That's what made rock and roll a thing - lots of people doing it - and now rock and roll is a part of culture.
All the new and original stuff does is change the conversation, which is what makes the new and original stuff important. Most art does not do this.
And in today's world of pop culture, much of that conversation revolves around the copyrighted content of others. That's why having a robust public domain is necessary. Copyright stifles the conversation we call culture for the sake of profit.
The ridiculous thing is that if Thicke really wanted to copy Marvin Gaye, he could have easily just paid a licensing fee to do a cover like lots of artists do. The fact that he didn't shows that he wasn't intending to copy.
The people here saying "just do something original" don't understand how the creative process works. Creating art isn't about being original. It's about adding a voice to the conversation. To do that, you have to speak the same language, which means using similar ideas and concepts.
How do you give justice to a woman who lives in fear for a lifetime? Who wakes up in the night sweating and remembering? Who suffers the shame of the patriarchy, which of course blames her? Who has to endure (in the case of mine) the estrangement of her family because she's pregnant, and of course they blame her for not fighting back enough?
You can sit there and torture these men for years - keep them in constant pain and begging for mercy - but that won't change anything for that poor woman. If anything, quick and swift justice is the easiest way to bring closure and start the healing process. Eye for an eye in the justice system is a joke. Unless the woman is going to rape these men in return - any third party coming in to execute eye for an eye punishment isn't executing justice, but simply an innocent person engaging in even more violence.
Increasing punishments for crimes doesn't necessarily decrease the crime. This is obviously a culture where rape is tolerated and people feel they can get away with it. You have to change that culture to have any effect - not simply increase punishments to inhuman levels. If people feel like they won't get away with it, even if the punishment is light, it will greatly reduce the crime. That means rapes get reported and rapists get arrested. That simple thing is obviously not happening.
And there will always be crime. There is no utopian scenario where crime doesn't happen. But if you go around torturing people that you feel deserve severe punishment, at what point to you become someone that deserves the same punishment? How long before you become Vasily Blokhin?
Parody does not require creative effort to be parody, and the new captions are as much commentary as they are parody. This is about having the ability to criticize others using the same medium they are using to make their points. It's not about who is the most creative, or who worked the hardest.