Don't Miss The Powerful Trailer For The Aaron Swartz Documentary: The Internet's Own Boy

from the wish-aaron-could-see-this dept

A year ago, we wrote about filmmaker Brian Knappenberger's efforts to put together a documentary about Aaron Swartz. It wasn't going to be a "memorial," but rather an "investigative documentary" into Swartz's story and the lawsuit against him. Earlier this year, a very rough cut of the film made it to Sundance, where it received a tremendous reaction. In January, Knappenberger also put together some clips for a short trailer including some of Swartz's comments about the NSA, to help highlight "The Day We Fight Back." Now the film is finally getting close to an actual release, and a very powerful trailer has been released.
With so much going on in the world on a variety of issues that Aaron cared so deeply about, just this trailer should remind everyone how much the world has lost, and how much we're missing without Aaron around to help on these issues any more. Though, with that sadness, hopefully it also inspires more people to step up and help out -- whether it's copyright, corruption, surveillance, access to knowledge, net neutrality or anything else, the world needs the kind of help that Aaron provided for years. But now people have to figure out how to do it without him.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 4:20pm

    Video Down On Techdirt

    But it is still working at the link to Yahoo movies.

     

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 4:22pm

    Re: Video Down On Techdirt

    Seems better now, thanks.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Apr 29th, 2014 @ 4:56pm

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    Weird. A few people seem to be reporting that... but I still see it. Not sure what's up...

     

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    Michael Barclay (profile), Apr 29th, 2014 @ 5:13pm

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    Works for me on Internet Explorer, but doesn't work on Firefox.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Apr 29th, 2014 @ 6:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Video Down On Techdirt

    I went to the Yahoo! link, and it didn't work there either. I am running Firefox 24.4.0 on Scientific Linux 6.5 (an RHEL 6.5 clone).

     

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 6:21pm

    Re: Re: Video Down On Techdirt

    I am using Firefox on Xubuntu, but an older version of Flash, due to Adobe no longer developing for Linux. I see it in both places and watched it on YouTube.

    My Flash is 10.3.183.90 whereas most of the rest of the world is on 13 something, and there was an update yesterday for a critical issue. Mine did not update since there is no new version that will work on my old ThinkPad under Linux.

    Hope this helps.

     

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 6:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Video Down On Techdirt

    It is working on my Windows 8.1 machine in Firefox which did get the Flash update yesterday.

     

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    the truth, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 6:52pm

    but everyones ignorant!

    Nothing will change, peoples ignorance leads them to not care about anything anymore. The people lost long time ago. Now most people are just sheep, just of the government likes them!

     

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    zip, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 7:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Video Down On Techdirt

    Many webpage-embedded videos tend to be very fussy about the OS, browser and Flash version. The video doesn't work for me, either Techdirt's embedded or the Yahoo link. But that's typical and I'm used to it. I've never understood why download links seem to have gone out of fashion -- I'd love to turn back the clock to 1999 when everything could just be downloaded and run.

    If anyone would like to extract the video and upload it to a hosting site, please feel free -- it looks like many of would appreciate it. (or are movie trailer copyrights enforced?)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 7:28pm

    Re: but everyones ignorant!

    ^ NSA says what. Whatever you say or wish the people are not just going to give up. History repeats itself and right now there is the build up of dissatisfaction that will eventually burst as bubbles do.

     

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    Andrew Norton (profile), Apr 29th, 2014 @ 7:38pm

    If anyone's interested, I'm about 90% certain we're going to have Brian at the Dragoncon EFForums track this labor day weekend, and quite possibly a screening as well (if you're becoming interested Mike, you know how to get in touch, although I understand if it's still a no).
    Should also have some of the EFF guys there too, as well as our regular experts on cryptography, the law, copyright trolling etc.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 8:26pm

    ...and this just in, NSA claims the trailer and the flim is a national security concern and has had it removed.

     

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    lcky323, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 8:30pm

    Trailer on youtube

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 9:57pm

    "The old world killed him".

    No, you pathetic loser, he killed himself.

    And no amount of spin will ever change that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2014 @ 11:45pm

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    Yes, because being prosecuted for 50 years jail time over public documents is such a good thing.

    Moron.

     

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    David, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 12:46am

    I see the following:

    "We're so sorry. We're no longer able to display this video. Please check out one of these related videos:" followed by two links/stills of "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Ret...".

    My guess would be a takedown notice of Disney Corporation.

    Really, the U.S.A. deserves what it gets. Stop praying to the interests of big money. It does not indicate much more than whose ancestry including himself were most consistently reckless in grabbing stuff that was not supposed to be proprietary but a national treasure. Starting with the land and wildlife, and nowadays culture and knowledge.

     

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    David, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 12:56am

    Re: Re: but everyones ignorant!

    History repeats itself and right now there is the build up of dissatisfaction that will eventually burst as bubbles do.

    So what? This will just end like Tienanmen Square. Or Occupy Wallstreet.

    The state-controlled media will report about terrorists/nutcases protesting somewhere, then about the protests getting dissolved or people losing interest while a large number of protesters lands themselves in the hospital with self-inflicted wounds and will serve prison time for assault on police officers who managed to escape with minor lacerations (if any) almost miraculously.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 3:26am

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    It ran smoothly on Firefox 28 (Windows 7).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 4:46am

    the problem is that trying to overcome authority is almost impossible. they have the means to do anything to keep themselves at the helm and us drowning in the wake behind. we've seen in the reports about Aaron how those responsible can twist, can manipulate and forge 'evidence' into what they want, how they want, all to make sure that they never get the blame for the disgraceful deeds they do. look at how the college itself and staff aided in what happened and denied it all!!

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 6:12am

    Re: I see the following:

    yes, i'm getting the same thing under chrome/win7...
    has gone through two different versions, one which says just that and is black, and one as you describe with disney alternates shown...

     

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    Guardian, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 7:17am

    Fuck reddit now

    reddit now is just a propoganda machine im sick of it....

    the uklraine crisis i lost 3000 karma points...tell me that isnt coordinated....

    fuck you americans ( and i'm not russian )

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 8:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Video Down On Techdirt

    Any of youtube-dl, get-flash-videos, and cclive should let you download using the Youtube link. I had no luck with Yahoo.

    This movie, according to its Kickstarter page, will be released under a Creative Commons license. I don't know about the trailer.

     

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    GEMont (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 9:24am

    The United States of Corruption

    Video is already gone.

    Amazing how fast the government can act when it needs to protect its own ass.

    Another sad day for America.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 9:54am

    replaced the video

    with the YouTube version since so many people were having problems with Yahoo.

    Funny, because Yahoo keeps talking about building its own YouTube and it can't even get basic videos to work right.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: Re: but everyones ignorant!

    Your probably right.

    -Marie Antoinette

     

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    GEMont (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 12:20pm

    Re: replaced the video

    Thank you very much Mike.
    I can almost see the wheels of Just-ICE turning, as they try and think up ways of turning this thing around.

    It is literally up to the people now.
    After all they say you get the government you deserve.
    Aaron absolutely did not deserve this government.
    I'm pretty certain that very, very, few Americans do.

    Viva la Evolution!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Re:

    He was a self-entitled coward. It's no surprise he's a poster boy for techdork douchebags.

     

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    GEMont (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 9:48pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well hello there Mister Holder.
    Nice of you to drop by and share your thoughts on the matter.

    Funny how much those techdork douchebags scare the piss out of you militant hawk-wannabes, isn't it. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 10:23pm

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    DMCAed, dickwad.

     

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    GEMont (profile), Apr 30th, 2014 @ 10:43pm

    Re:

    The Optimist's Challenge

    There is one bright light at the end of the tunnel though.

    This process has run its course numerous times on earth.

    Its called fascism and its the death spasm of every society that uses wealth as a measure of a person's importance.

    Its the way all money based civilizations disintegrate and dissolve.

    The rich get richer and richer and eventually join forces to buy the reigns of power, in order to get even richer still.

    But that is their only drive - more wealth.

    They don't really have a plan beyond "get stinking rich and live like gods".

    The system will fall apart around them, as you can see already happening, but they won't spend the money to repair it because they want to horde that money away in their offshore accounts. They think that vast wealth will keep them safe after everything falls apart.

    It always has in the past.

    Once this nation falls, they believe all they have to do is go live in another nation and their wealth will buy them security anywhere they want to go.

    It always has in the past.

    Like rats, they always depart the sinking vessel before it goes under, so all we have to do is wait till they destroy the money based infrastructure and leave, then build something useful and functional that does not use money as a measure of a human's life as the basis for that new society.

    Remember, the wealthy will have horded away all the money in America by that point and will take it all with them when they leave anyway. So a non-monetary system is a necessity.

    Big task certainly, but since the public has already begun to take over most of the really vital functions of the delinquent fascist government - out of simple necessity - it should not be an un-surmountable challenge.

    And in truth, there really isn't any other choice. There is nothing that can be done to stop the process once the fascists have taken over the political, financial and industrial structures. They will literally milk it to death.

    Build another money based economy and you will only start the same curve downhill once again. The Money-run is a fun ride for some - the most ruthless and opportunistic, selfish and self-serving criminals among us - but the end is inevitable and always the same for the rest.

    And the only way you can start a new civilization, is after the old one is dissolved, so the optimist says "they're doing us all a favor by destroying the system of corruption that currently masquerades as government.".

    Lets break the cycle and build something lasting for a change.

     

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    Jonathan Quimbly, May 1st, 2014 @ 12:43am

    Fap-fap-fap

    And the repetitive sound of an internet fanboi circle-jerk was heard the world round.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2014 @ 10:37am

    Re: Fap-fap-fap

    You probably just left your computer's microphone on dude.

     

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    Simon, Aug 27th, 2014 @ 12:37am

    Still a cracking Documentary

     

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