Watch & Learn: Good Copy Bad Copy

Good Copy Bad Copy is a 2007 documentary about copyright and culture in the digital age. Directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke, the documentary focuses on letting viewers learn more about how copyright affects creativity and content generation – whatever the content might be.

Through interviews with multiple stake holders in the creative industries, like electronic music producers such as Girl Talk and Danger Mouse, Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij from The Pirate Bay, academic and open access supporter Lawrence Lessig and a whole host of music producers, movie makers, law professors and creative professionals, ‘Good Copy Bad Copy’ really tries to highlight the struggle between copyright and creativity in an age dominated by peer-to-peer file sharing, digital technologies and the Internet.

The coolest thing about this documentary – it’s wonderful how the story traces its origins in America, and then takes you along for a ride to Nigeria, Brazil, Sweden and then back to America. It really drives home the point that remixing culture is universal and almost unavoidable.

With a lot to say about music, digital sampling, mashups, rehashing cinematographic content, piracy and open access, ‘Good Copy Bad Copy’ may seem a bit dated, but continues to be relevant thanks to its central message – that the existing economic/legal system is in need of a major re-haul if we want creativity to survive.

A must-see for all us art-loving, internet-embracing, content creators out there. So would you watch this documentary or have you already? Don’t forget to leave a comment below and to share this post.

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