Specifically, a mashup or bootleg is defined as a musical piece, composition, or song created by combining the music of one composition with the acappella version of another song. Also, a mashup refers to a song created from a couple or multiple songs. This is done by overlaying the song’s music track seamlessly over the vocal track of another.

Globally, mashups are recognized through several different names or terms, which include boot, bootlegs, smashups (or smash-ups), bastard pop, blends, mash-ups, powermixing, and cutups (or cut-ups).

Specifically, in the music world, mashup is perceived as that new sound created and heard when a DJ energetically mixes various songs of different of beats and styles altogether. There are various firms nowadays attempting to explore and awaken the emerging potential for mashing up relevant and suitable data and applications. Such initiatives are revealed at the Web services conferences held recently.

Mixing different songs along with various applications does appear exciting, interesting, and fulfilling even. However, such scenarios pose significant implications particularly in software development and production. It has been rather believed that mashup technology can possibly reduce software development phases or cycles. Normally, it takes about 18 months to build a new software or application. Compared to when mashing up together existing data sources and applications, the derived, hybrid, or resultant product can get to market much easier and faster.

Consequently, to prevent possible problems and issues between mashing up and conventional process of creating new compositions or songs, integration and governance tools were formulated as means to managing policies. While creating new derivative products involve creative combination of existing components to produce something new, deploying the products will require compliance to certain local regulations and laws. Hence, firms are ensured in producing faster and secured products.

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