RIP!: A Remix Manifesto
RIP!: A Remix Manifesto is the essential movie for 21st Century Learners about copyright laws, fair use, and our responsibilities in the digital age. It brings the debate between creativity and ownership of ideas to the forefront and asks each of us to pick a side. Which side will you stand on?
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.
RIP! in the Classroom
Ironic notions aside, you can watch the entire movie in HD online for free! Of course, I hadn’t found the online version until after I’d purchased a version….. at least I’ll always have a copy, long after the online version gets removed. We will watch the video in class as a group followed by a discussion period. Have a quick look at the accompanying Educational Guide that we will be referencing throughout the movie.
Watch the movie via the National Film Board of Canada here.