Is the system of intellectual property- patents and copyrights- a necessary evil we must endure to enjoy the fruits of invention and creativity?

Or is permission culture dampening the potential creativity and room for improvements/alterations that a free culture provides? This free culture is ultimatelyย a form of expression and genius that builds upon the culture around us and makes it something different. Freedom is good, and the distributed medium of the internet and the information it provides is generally considered a “free” platform.

Take memes as an example of this distributed information.

Imagine if every meme found on the internet had copyright attached to it. How would these memes mutate and evolve freely to reach their full potential with every second person who shared it/altered it is pulled up for not crediting the original? Let’s try and avoid bringingย legal logistics into our beloved form of obscure entertainment.


So I guess the moral of this story is: Don’t take memes for granted because permission culture could swoop in and steal our precious ~chicken permission~ meme away from us.


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  1. Lizellbee says:

    Hey V, your title of your post for this week really drew my attention, mostly because I was a bit confused with what chicken had to do with this weeks lecture topic. However, as I read through your blog you make some excellent points about permission culture. I think you are correct in saying that permission culture dampens our potential creativity. If people are too scared to share, remix or interpret different sources for fear of the legal repercussions they may encounter, then definitely the perceived โ€œfreeโ€ culture of the internet is impacted. Itโ€™s interesting that you mention meme culture and how it would be ridiculous if people tried to take legal action for memes as this has actually been attempted and in some cases successful ( . Cherish your memes while you have them as soon I fear they will be classed as copyright infringement too.


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