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Posted on 14th September 2008 by Sebastian

Surfing around the web randomly, you occasionally stumble upon some decent timewasters. This time, I stumbled upon something that was a bit better than that. GOOD COPY BAD COPY is “a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture”, released for free to the Internet by its Danish creators.

I had begun to write a small description of it myself, but I located this in the source code of the official site, commented out, and after reviewing what I’d written myself, I prefer this, so here it is:

Good Copy Bad Copy explores the state of limbo the world is in when it comes to copyright.

Western media conglomerates and rights owners desire one world order, while ‘pirates’ and cultural movements in the third world invent their own rules. Rules that even the West might have to play along with.

In a Pittsburgh living room, DJ and producer Girl Talk composes catchy pop hits on his laptop. In the span of 30 seconds he samples Elton John, Notorious B.I.G and Destiny’s Child into a new song. But, who owns the music? Who owns the artists? Piracy is booming all over the world – from Nigeria to Brazil, while Hollywood and the record industry fight to stem the tide.

Andreas Johnsen
Ralf Christensen
Henrik Moltke

I strongly urge you to click the link and go watch GOOD COPY BAD COPY, as it is very well put together and an excellent documentary overall.