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Copyright is the exclusive right given to the creator of creative work to reproduce the work, usually for a limited time. The created work may be anything like literary, arts, music, drawings, or other forms. Copyright is intended to protect the original expression of an idea in the form of creative work, but not the idea itself. This includes the right to copy and distribute the work, the right to be credited for the work, and the right to determine who may publicly perform, adapt, or benefit financially from the work.


However, the digital shifted our understanding of intellectual property in favour of openness. A remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, poem, or photograph can all remix. Whenever people create a remix, they do need permission from the publisher. Unfortunately, most remixes are done without permission being sought upfront and only after the remix is made is permission sought to use it in some way. Digital media changed the structures of content and copyright.

Ask for Permissions

Copyright is important to the publishers as they should have credit if others’ try to use their work. In general, the permissions process involves a simple five-step procedure. Firstly, determine if permission is needed because some of the work will be copyright free to use it or remix it. Secondly, identify the owner or the publisher of the work. Thirdly, identify what rights are needed or what permissions are needed. Then, contact the publisher and negotiate whether payment is required. Lastly, get the permission agreement in writing. After that, you will be legally using others’ work for remixing or performing for financial purpose.

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