What does “Mashup” mean?

A mashup is taking two different pieces of art and putting them together, often in a juxtapository fashion.

I think that the following video shows the art quite well:

Now, what does this video have to do with this blog, you ask?

Rights holders have been, for some time, trying to block artists from using their “intellectual property” in the creation of mashups claiming infringement.  I hope that in watching the video above you will agree that the new work in no way diminishes either of the old ones, and in fact may do much to make each part more popular than it would have been otherwise.

Note that this mashup works surprisingly well because each of the two songs is in the same key.

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