Essay about Plagiarism And Fallacies Of Mash Ups

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Plagiarism and Fallacies
Many people discredit the music genre of “mash-ups” from being an actually genre on the grounds that a mixer is using other people’s work. Mixing is actually a widely practices art form of music that in certain circles is in fact recognized as an art form. If much of the public stays close-minded on those who use other people’s music to create a new sound and only consider them to be plagiarists, this genre of music won’t be able to go anywhere. If mixers they are able to create a new sound using sounds from different sources that, even if still be recognized from their original source, creates a new way of listening to the music, which varies from the original sources, it should be held that they are not to be considered plagiarists.
The genre of mash-up isn’t confined to one simple type of mixing of music. The most common mash-up is known as “A vs B.” A vs B is simply putting two songs against each other to create a “third song,” totally different from the original two songs, yet the same. However, this isn’t limited to only two songs, some mixers include three, four, five or even more songs onto one track. This is one of the more controversial subgenres of mash-up because instead of sampling a small part of a song, mixers use significant, recognizable portions of songs to promote their image through music. Some examples of artists brought into criticism and speculation of this subgenre are DJ Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, and DJ Earworm for…

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