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The Moral Issue

Humans are opportunistic, right?

 

So, it is necessary for us to have things like patents, copyrights and trademarks to prevent theft. If you create something, you should be recognized and paid for it. This is how it has worked for a very long time.

Thinking back to a previous class discussing GNU Linux, this type of open source, free, unregulated system could really shake the status quo.

My father is a professional computer nerd. I don’t know exactly what he does because it is very foreign to me but he talks about how much he loves Linux.

If Linux is the great, easy to use, intuitive, and smooth operating system, then it flips the idea of copyrights and etc. on its head. Imagine the progress we could see in so many different areas if everyone could build on it. If something is too similar to something created before then it will be shot down in a court of law as not being original enough. And the original will not progress as quickly.

The moral issue of copyright is: what if the first made by one sucks? What if 100 more hands could make the original great by comparison?

Hip-hop and the 808

Hip-hop as genre is young. Many think hip-hop is an all encompassing umbrella which things like rap, ska, funk, etc. fall under. It is a very specific genre. When searching for hip-hop the earliest publication I could find was from 1984, it was titled African Music Sweeps London (AFRICAN MUSIC SWEEPS LONDON. (1984, 10). The Reggae & African Beat, 3, 27-28. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/217503554?accountid=14541).

Hip-hop owes its origin to the Roland TR-808 drum. Hitting the market in the 80’s the drum was ultimately a failure in the market; however, its low cost made an otherwise expensive instrument attainable for lower-income households.

If you take a look at the Ngram for hip-hop and the Ngram for the 808 drum you can see the graphs rise almost in unison. The sound of the 808 drum has not died out of hip hop popularity even almost 30 years later.

 

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