Copyright: Hip Hip Hooray! Week 9 Post

…and in the end, there was Cushla Kapitzke

The beguiling, fluid, addictive and overwhelming nature of Popular Culture (a la Darcy Moore) was the topic of a belated Week 8 post.  In this Week 9 post, I would like to explore the circuitous journey which took me from Darcy Moore to Cushla Kapitzke.

Starting with the prolific Darcy Moore (who has a Godzilla-sized digital footprint); I found a quiet, unassuming sentence recommending that I follow him on Twitter.

darcy moore twitter

Not able to help myself, I subsequently spent an inordinate amount of time trawling his Twitter account, whereupon I came across a tweet about a royalty-free audio library on YouTube.

darcy moore

YouTube Creator blog with free music for YouTube videos.  

The Next Web: Information about YouTube introducing royalty free music.

After listening to a number of these tracks, I began reading Cushla Kapitzke’s (2009) article on copyright and Creative Commons.  A few passages caught my eye,

‘The irony here is that while the US government is calling for young people to be ‘creative’ and ‘enterprising’…changes to copyright law have created a context of constraint…’ 

Kapitzke goes on to discuss the phenomenon of remixes and mashups.

The words remix and mashup reminded me of a story my 12 year old son told me about YouTube creators, SMOSH, being sued by the copyright holders of Pokémon for a lip-synched video they posted on YouTube.

After having this video removed, the SMOSH team made a ‘revenge’ video, in which they go to great lengths to make it clear that the video is a parody.

Unfortunately, once I was on the YouTube train, it was difficult to get off.  These videos are strangely addictive, and I needed to keep reminding myself of Steven Johnson’s  (2005) book, Everything bad is good for you while watching them.  Because, to be truthful, the content of some of the videos are mind-bogglingly inane and stereotypical (from an adult point of view, of course).

Some of the crazy YouTube videos I couldn’t stop watching.

After having my fill viewing SMOSH, Teens React and other assorted YouTube sensations, I refocused on the issue of Creative Commons and copyright. Kapitzke gives some sobering examples of copyright licensing gone mad, before providing a succinct and sustained exposition of Creative Commons licensing and protocols.  Kapitzke’s discussion of these topics reminded me of the excellent resources created by the ResourceLink team at Brisbane Catholic Education on Creative Commons and copyright.

Copyright and Copyleft: ResourceLink BCE.  

ResourceLink Creative Commons

Without forgetting, of course, Kelli’s blog post on using and attributing images on a blog, as well as the Librarian by Day post.

In the end, this crazy roller-coaster journey exploring copyright and popular culture has helped me reflect on two things.  Firstly, that youth enjoy consuming and producing content which is a remix, mashup or parody.  Secondly, that youth need to be aware of creative commons and copyright protocols to ensure they are attributing material correctly, while remembering Bobbi Newman’s (Librarian By Day, 2009) words, that ‘Good Enough’ might be enough.

“I can’t recall ever seeing a Flickr photo with a perfect attribution and the world isn’t falling apart. I’m just not sure if what I consider good enough is what you consider good enough. There is a big difference between the bare minimum and good enough. “



Creators: The Official YouTube Partners & Creators Blog. (September 25, 2013).  Free Music for Your YouTube Videos. Accessed 30 September, 2013 at

Johnson, Steven, (2005). Introduction : The Sleeper Curve. In Johnson, Steven, Everything bad is good for you : how today’s popular culture is actually making us smarter, (pp.1 – 14). New York: Riverhead Books

Kapitzke, C. (2009). Rethinking copyrights for the library through Creative Commons licensing. Library Trends. 58(1), pp. 95-108

Newman, B. (28 September, 2009).  How to attribute a Creative Commons photo from Flickr.  Retrieved on 1 October, 2013 at

ResourceLink.  Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.  Home – Copyright and Copyleft.  Retrieved 30 September 2013 at

ResourceLink. Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.  (May 20, 2013). Making Creative Commons Easier: Greasemonkey and Flickr Creative Commons Images.  Retrieved on 30 September, 2013 at

The Next Web.  YouTube’s new Audio Gallery gives you 150 royalty-free tracks to use anywhere…not just YouTube.  Retrieved on 30 September, 2013 at

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