RiP: A Remix Manifesto

Posted December 11th, 2008 by ingrid

I’m really excited to see Brett Gaylor’s Girl Talk documentary, RiP: A Remix Manifesto, which recently won the audience award at IDFA. The more I read and learn about Creative Commons, debates around fair use and the amazing work of people like Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow, the more I realize what a vital debate this is to be having at this time. The ability to re-use and re-mix has always been part of our creativity. With innovations in technology and the growth of the web, these elements are increasingly intrinsic to the way we tell stories, They are what constitute our culture. Outdated copyright laws should not be allowed to stifle this mashed-up explosion of production. The RiP trailer pithily lays out some of these issues. As Lessig puts it: “There’s no way to kill this technology. We can only criminalize it. If this is a crime then we have a whole generation of criminals.”

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