May 27, 2009  ·  Lessig

From the latest RIP!: A Remix Manifesto screening:

Sound Unseen in Minneapolis screens RIP!
Date May 28, 2009
Time 8:00 PM
Venue The TRYLON screening room
Location 2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis, MN, 55406

Event Type Open to the Public
Ticket Price $5
Venue Capacity 60 (Small venue, buying tix in advance recommended!)
Event Website http://soundunseen.com
In RiP: A Remix Manifesto, web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy?

“About as edgy and fascinating a glimpse you’ll get of one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age.” …..Montreal Gazette.

May 4, 2009  ·  Lessig

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So a bit sheepishly (as I’m in this film and really fat) (and I mean fat, not phat), let me push a favorite film by Brett Gaylor, RIP: A Remix Manifesto. The film is fantastic. Gillis (aka, GirlTalk) is amazing. And the technical execution (of course, the substance was a given for me) is extraordinary. If nothing else, remix the film (which you can at Brett’s OpenSourceCinema).

You can go to a screening, or host a screening, or buy a copy of this (CC-BY-NC) film on iTunes ($9.99), or pay whatever price you want at B-Side, or if you get it through the darknet, donate whatever you can to the company that made the film.

This is a rare filmmaker who practices what his film preaches. It is also a rare filmmaker who takes the time (and this took years) to understand a story well. Listen, and spread the word.

Read more in this great Wired piece. And thank you, Brett.

January 22, 2009  ·  Lessig


January 12, 2009  ·  Lessig

Ok, San Francisco, sadly, I report: the final REMIX reading will be Wednesday, 14 January, at 7:30pm, at Booksmith – 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (map). And as I’ve got no more books coming out before the summer, that means this will be the final book reading in San Francisco as well.

To celebrate the sadness, I’ll be giving away the swag I got at the Colbert Report. Plus 10 (fake) Colbert campaign posters that I tried to ambush Colbert with.

So come. Bring your office. And your grandmother. And anyone else you find on the street.

January 12, 2009  ·  Lessig

So here’s an update on the Remix COLBERT/lessig project.

As I first reported, after the event, I was sent some very cool remixes. They’re available in my first blog entry about the show.

Then ccMixter — Creative Commons fantastic remix site, that allows you to track who remixed what — launched a remix thread. You can see those here.

Then this morning I saw the link to the IndabaMusic site, which is running a contest around the clip. There are now about 20 remixes available, and more than 100 in the works. You can see those here.

All of the remixes in the ccMixter/IndabaMusic domains are CC licensed. The source, again, is my segment (the portion of the Colbert Report in which I am a joint copyright owner.) As that is CC-BY, anyone is free for any purpose (save endorsement purposes) to use it as you wish.

January 9, 2009  ·  Lessig

UPDATE

Here’s the original segment.


Sam did the first remix of my Colbert appearance.

Jim Vanaria did another.

This is the first video remix I’ve seen.

Here’s a remix from the Eclectic Method Mix.

And the audio to the show is available to be remixed on ccMixter here.

Colbert says (or more accurately, “says”) you can’t remix this. I say please do.

December 3, 2008  ·  Lessig

The toughest gig when releasing a book is bookstore events. At least when you’re no one, no one is ever there. So if ANYONE here is near the Barnes & Noble in Hillsdale (here’s a map) Thursday at 7pm, can you please please please come? Or send your Mom? Or younger brother? Or younger brother’s math class?

And if you can’t do that, but have read the book, then can you at least write a review of the book at Amazon? Two people have written. One decent enough (though he didn’t like the book). The second who gave the book one star because he didn’t like me on Charlie Rose (I kid you not.)