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rip! A Remix Manifesto
This film is the story of a war between those who view the "information superhighway" as a free and open mega-library of source materials to be sampled and re-presented at will versus the coporate giants who want to extend copyright dominion unto "the end of time".
At the heart of the debate are the notions of "fair use" and "public domain" and how placing strict limitations on the individual's use of copyrighted materials stifles creativity and invention, thereby restricting the growth of scociety as a whole. The Remixer Manifesto is as follows:
  1. CULTURE ALWAYS BUILDS ON THE PAST
  2. THE PAST ALWAYS TRIES TO CONTROL THE FUTURE
  3. OUR FUTURE IS BECOMING LESS FREE
  4. TO BUILD FREE SOCIETIES YOU MUST LIMIT CONTROL OF THE PAST
Will "ideas be determined by the public domain or private corporations"? Filmmaker Brett Gaylor sets the stage of the current battle with reference to the historical context: from the 1960's battle between Disney and the Mouse Liberation Front over whether or not anyone other than Disney itself has the right to use the image of Mickey Mouse to the more recent mashup methodology of recording artist Girl Talk. The extended features of the DVD release includes a 55 minute lecture by Creative Commons co-founder Lawrence Lessig who presents a very compelling argument as to why the current copyright regulatory environment is not only unfairly over-restrictive and unconstitutional but also dangerously limits the options for our evolving human society.
This DVD is highly recommended: look for it in the documentaries section of your local video store.


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