"Our system of law doesn't acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren't so tidy. They're layered, they’re interwoven, they're tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail."
The fourth and final installment of Kirby Ferguson's excellent 'Everything Is A Remix' series eloquently deals with the inadequacies of the modern intellectual property and copyright system. The nonsense, for example, of a system that encourages patent trolling and exploitation of its weaknesses in the form of lawsuits which are associated with an average of $80 billion per year of lost wealth to defendants, with very little of this lost wealth being transferred to investors. A system that increasingly seems to be akin to a sandcastle on a beach being washed over by the oncoming tide. It's well worth a watch. If you haven't seen them, it's also worth taking a look at Part One, Part Two, and Part Three in the series.
Kirby is patently an extremely adept and entrepreneurial filmaker. His next project, This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory, is up on Kickstarter right now. Having enjoyed his work thus far, I've just funded him a few dollars.