Jackie Snow on the skyrocketing genre and its powerhouse, the Gregory Brothers. The video market is skyrocketing, with million Americans watching videos online in December , averaging more than 14 hours per person. And the avenue many of these new providers are taking is remix. The Brothers say they remix such clips regardless of their political message, knowing that both the left and right could use some help. The video has had more than 70 million views on YouTube in less than six months, as well as video responses, and Dodson is in talks to get his own reality show.
Remix video can be a lot of things: So while a video montage of Top Gun scenes cut to make the film look like a gay love story is a remix, so is new material shot to look like old, familiar footage. And then there are the remixes of remixes, an endless rabbit hole of evolving video memes. I am friends with the creator of the Brooklyn version and appear briefly in it.
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There were so many submissions that Pugh had people vote on clips to see what to include. Far from a daunting task like writing, shooting, and editing all new work, remix lets people jump right in. For newcomers with no Internet following trying to gain views and fans, using cues and symbols from popular culture bypasses a lot of hurdles. One major hurdle remains, however.
Remixing can be simple, but the laws around it are not. While Fair Use makes allowances for parody and transformative work, it is an exception to the copyright laws, not an affirmative right. Sites often play it safe and remove a video if a takedown request comes in from a copyright holder.
Google has implemented a system to help challenge takedowns on YouTube , but there are risks involved. Providing information during the challenge makes it much easier for the copyright owner to track remixers down and sue.