May 4, 2009  ·  Lessig


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.

  • Joe B.

    Agreed! I saw this twice in Toronto and it’s amazing.

  • Michael Sander

    Agreed! An excellent documentary. It was screened at Cardozo Law School during an Intellectual Property Law Society event. And Professor Lessig, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, You played the loan-IP-ranger part well!

  • cayoup

    Yep, can’t agree with you more. Talk about taking a ‘boring’ subject and making it exciting to learn about!

    If you’re curious, check our Brett’s comments on ‘participatory media’ from 2006, regarding EyeSteel Film’s other co-prod with the NFB–

    Here, on CitizenShift:

  • Steve Baba

    “or if you get it through the darknet, donate whatever you can to the company that made the film”

    It would be ironic or karma if someone makeing a film (haven’t seen it) about piracy gets financially screwd by pirates. I hope they have teaching-day jobs like Lessig. Or maybe they were able to avoid investing much of their own money in the film by remixing other’s property, like that guy who copied that Obama picture.

  • cz

    does girl talk do something in this movie that somehow negates the fact that he is a wildly overrated hack?

  • Steve Baba

    And isn’t there a huge conflict of interest between representing authors who have agreed to and want their material used/and remixed for the publicity in the Creative Commons and then minimizing their publicity by encouraging people to pirate copyrighted instead???

  • Andrés Lomeña

    I am from Spain and I cannot watch the movie. Just for people within USA. I´d like to see the film. Where can I find the documentary?

  • Melissa Stafford

    Looks great!!

    I just signed up to host a screening of the film at our gallery…..looking forward to it!

  • Alastair

    OK, so the download is restricted to the good ol’ US of A and the global access site has stupidly split the film into chapters with an ident that plays at the beginning of each one. What to do?

    Those outside the US can use a US-based proxy to gain access. Once you have the download link, you can download normally (i.e. not via the proxy).

  • Pablo Rodríguez

    The most astonishing thing on the film is that Marybeth Peters, US Register of Copyrights, doesn’t have a computer at home, has never downloaded anything from the internet and has never remixed anything. If she equates computers with extended typewriters, internet downloads with copyright infringements and remix with some kind of plagiarism, I understand now why copyright is broken worldwide.

    @Andrés Lomeña: you may download from The Pirate Bay. It is perfectly legal as long as you don’t use it with commercial purposes, since the film was released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license . Remember to donate, if you like the film. If you don’t like torrents, I guess you should be able to find it in Rapidshare or Megaupload.

  • OurSpace

    I think I seen this at an independent theater in my town. There is only one indie theater in my town, and I believe Ihave seen this movie. If this is the same movie that I seen, I agree, it is a great movie, and The film makers are some of the coolest in the industry. If we are talking about the same movie.
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  • Piotr Szymanski

    Why in the world would someone restrict the download of the CC movie about CC to the US?

  • niedakh

    Oh and another thing, from the screening agreement:

    B-Side will make available certain customizable electronic materials that you may use solely in connection with promoting your Event (”Promotional Templates”). No Promotional Templates that B-Side makes available or material on any web site owned, operated, licensed or controlled by B-Side may be used for any purpose other than the Event. Furthermore, no Promotional Templates may be copied, reproduced, republished, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way except in connection with the Event and in no event shall Promotional Templates be used after the Event. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of B-Side’s copyright and other proprietary rights. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names (collectively, the “Marks”) are proprietary to B-Side or other respective owners which have granted B-Side the right and license to use such Marks.

    Free culture? Somewhat, the movie is a step forward, but I would not talk about an existence of a free culture yet, if the minds of people who speak of it, are still able to come up with restriction like those above. Ladies & Gentlemen, we have a lot of work to do.

  • Brett Gaylor

    @Andrés Lomeña: it is also playing spanish television, so you can look there!

    @niedakh I think thats just some boilerplate on the wordpress template of our distributor, B-Side. Nothing to get too worked up about!