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Rip: A Remix Manifesto (2008)

Girl Talk , Lawrence Lessig , Brett Gaylor  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Girl Talk, Lawrence Lessig, Gilberto Gil, Cory Doctorow
  • Directors: Brett Gaylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WB6MNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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About as edgy and fascinating a glimpse you ll get into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age. --Montreal Gazette

When it comes to remix culture, copyfight and crowd-sourcing, Brett Gaylor walks the walk. --Wired

Product Description

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? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.

A participatory media experiment, from day one, Brett shares his raw footage at, for anyone to remix. This movie-as-mash-up method allows these remixes to become an integral part of the film. With RiP: A remix manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle.

Which side of the ideas war are you on?

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is an essential film for our modern age and all children, from 7 to 77 or even 107 should be obliged to view it, learn it and memorize it. But before discussing the core of the film, that is to say remixing, mash-up if you want, girl-talk if you prefer, let's get rid of a few misconceptions.

First, patents and copyright are not the same thing. Patents are a scandal because they are based on a lie. They are supposed to cover the research expenses of an invention and as such should not be counted in years but should be strictly limited to the amount of expenses concerned by the said invention. If PharmaXXX declares to have spent two million dollars on the research to produce that new drug (and that can easily be checked by any tax inspector who knows his job and is not corrupted), it should be authorized to overcharge the customers by let's say 25% till those two millions, or if you want to be generous and think of encouraging the poor PharmaXXX, 2.5 millions, and then bye-bye excessive profit, the 25% overcharge is out and the protection falls.

Second, ideas are not protected, I repeat ideas are not protected. Molecules cannot be protected because they are no one's property. Should we protect oxygen as the property of Mr. Dupont de Nemours? To go back to art, ideas cannot be protected, but characters are and the form these ideas are expressed in are too.

Third, the film deals with the fundamentalist aspect of copyright in Northern America. I used "fundamentalist" because it is pure industrial terrorism that has nothing to do with intellectual property since these corporations never invented these characters, musics, videos, films, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film. Great catalyst for further discussions. December 10, 2011
I found this video to be thought-provoking and entertaining. While it lacks discussion about the need to compensate an artist for their work (indeed, a drawback), it makes a valid and socially important point: It's unhealthy and uninteresting to control creativity, the source of creativity, and the building-blocks of a creative work (i.e., visual or music samples). Current art often does build on the past, even when it believes itself to be 'original'.

This film does not answer any questions for me, instead I feel it could be a catalyst for a much needed and very important discussion that the US Public needs to have among ourselves: Get introspective. Look at our laws. Look at big business. How did we get here? How is it convenient? How is it killing our culture? And what steps do we need to take individually and collectively to breed a culture that nurtures (and financially compensates) creativity?

This I'd really like to know: How do we honor and compensate artists and their creative pursuits AND still leave the door open for remix culture to flourish and possibly generate entirely new art-forms?

A monoculture is weak - and no fun at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Swiper's Manifesto November 21, 2011
By Stephen
The arguments in this documentary make no logical sense. You will waste 90 minutes watching it. The hero of this film, Girl Talk, is a BRILLIANT mash-up DJ. It wouldn't make sense for him to make and sell CD's because of the amount of prerecorded music he's using. He can make millions touring the globe and packing out venues doing his thing as a DJ - so what's the complaint? What's even more frustrating is when the filmmaker sits down with the Registrar of Copyrights and plays a clip of Girl Talk. What he chooses to show her is a clip where Girl Talk cuts up ONE CHORD of an Elvis Costello song to where it doesn't sound remotely like the song. This is nothing like the typical Girl Talk mash-up, and I think Elvis would say, "good on ya", no lawsuit. And what's the argument with Walt Disney? He took stories that already existed and turned them into great story telling, with great characters. So you're complaining now because you can't take Disney's versions of the characters? This film is 90 minutes of whining because you can't make money off the sweat of other people's backs. It's a lazy man's manifesto for those who want to cut and paste other people's labors, call it their own and collect a paycheck.
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