by Mike Masnick
Fri, Oct 17th 2008 7:42pm
We just covered Larry Lessig's recent opinion piece about how to save remix culture (which, tragically, was entitled "a defense of piracy" -- which it's not). However, that was just a teaser from his new book, REMIX, which has now been released. And, of course, true to form, Lessig will soon release a copy of the book online for remixing purposes. And, as Mathew Ingram tells us, today an "open source documentary about copyright and culture" called RiP: A Remix Manifesto is premiering as well. That movie was made, in part, with the help of many people working on making it better. Here's the trailer:
The movie apparently focuses on Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, the remix artist we've discussed in the past plenty of times. It certainly looks like the book and the documentary will go together well (Lessig appears in the film), and hopefully will get people realizing that creativity has always involved standing on the shoulders of giants, and being able to improve on the works of those who came before you -- and with draconian copyright laws, we're often stamping out that possibility.
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