Filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup extraordinaire Girl Talk journey through the world of copyright in RiP! A Remix Manifesto.
There have been far too many sample-based lawsuits in the news over the past year or so, mostly from musicians who can afford to clear the music they use. For artists like Girl Talk (real name Gregg Michael Gillis), sampling and “mashups” are how he made his name and he cites his craft as “fair use”. Alongside filmmaker Brett Gaylor, the pair look into copyright and the digital age of the 21st century in RiP! A Remix Manifesto with guests Lawrence Lessig (founder of Creative Commons) and former Brazil Minister of Culture and legendary musician, Gilberto Gil amongst others. The documentary is noteworthy for being “the world’s first open source documentary” as described by Gaylor in that it was put together by hundreds of people via the Open Source Cinema website.
Stream it below.