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RiP: A Remix Manifesto -- 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.
RiP: A Remix Manifesto -- Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A remix manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing inv

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Brett Gaylor (screenplay)
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A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age. | Full synopsis »
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Cory Doctorow ... Himself

Directed by
Brett Gaylor 
 
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Brett Gaylor  screenplay

Produced by
Mila Aung-Thwin .... producer
Katherine Baulu .... producer
Sally Bochner .... executive producer
Daniela Broitman .... director de producción
John Christou .... development producer
Daniel Cross .... executive producer
Ravida Din .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Olivier Alary (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Mark Ellam 
 
Film Editing by
Tony Asimakopoulos 
Brett Gaylor 
 
Production Management
Gary Evans .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Chris Leon .... narration recording
Cory Rizos .... sound editor
Cory Rizos .... sound re-recording mixer
Cory Rizos .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Stanfield .... sound editor
 
Animation Department
Ami Goff .... animator
Francis Hanneman .... head animator
 
Editorial Department
Michael Siu .... post-production coordinator
 
Other crew
Elizabeth Klinck .... visual researcher
Bob Moore .... rights supervisor
 

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Argentina:80 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec)

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8 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Preaching to the choir, or I (heart) Girl Talk, 29 March 2009
Author: randomanon from Finland

This documentary (indeed, manifesto is correct) misses its intended point. On the one hand its arguing for the rights of remixers, on the other hand for the right to share and use, even when the point isn't to make something new out of it. If you really want to effectively argue the first, you shouldn't only try the "throw everything out" argument. If some artist wants to give their work away for free, more power to them (it's their choice). But that is a far cry from arguing that everybody should do that, and that the only allowable business model is charging for live performances.

The makers of the documentary should then have asked how the model could be changed so that you keep the good parts of it, while stopping the more egregious overreaches. (Even if it would eventually argue that it is not possible.) Even while Walt Disney used other's ideas, he didn't take their drawings, stories, dialogue etc. as is. So is there a fruitful way to draw a line? But the documentary makes no effort in that direction, and there is little reason to believe anyone on the other side is listening or even starts to think.

The makers should have tried to present their arguments to someone (intelligent) who doesn't share their viewpoint, and asked for their rebuttal (with sufficient time to prepare their argument). That's like sharing ideas, man. Like totally not what the movie is about.

The point of this documentary isn't helped the fact (IMO) that all the remixes and mash ups in it are pretty awful. And what is good in them could have been achieved without recycling beats and samples. And it is very clear from the documentary that the artists understand that they shouldn't be doing what they are doing under current laws, but no tough questions are asked from them, like why they still think its necessary or better to break them. (The argument is presented as "because I want to, I should be able to.") IMO, The artists involved should stop whining and make a creative commons collection of samples from which to build mash ups, remixes and whatever. Allowing others to make remixes of this documentary is a starting point. (But, again, kinda not the point presented in the movie, which is an argument against the ownership rights of artists and copyright holders.)

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