Good Copy Bad Copy
|Good Copy Bad Copy|
|Directed by||Andreas Johnsen |
|Cinematography||Andreas Johnsen |
|Edited by||Adam Neilsen|
|Music by||RJD2 |
Dr. Victor Olaiya
De La Soul
Good Copy Bad Copy (subtitled Good Copy Bad Copy: A documentary about the current state of copyright and culture) is a 2007 documentary film about copyright and culture in the context of Internet, peer-to-peer file sharing and other technological advances, directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. It features interviews with many people with various perspectives on copyright, including copyright lawyers, producers, artists and filesharing service providers.
A central point of the documentary is the thesis that "creativity itself is on the line" and that a balance needs to be struck, or that there is a conflict between protecting the right of those who own intellectual property and the rights of future generations to create.
Artists interviewed include Girl Talk and Danger Mouse, popular musicians of the mashup scene who cut and remix sounds from other songs into their own (notably the latter artist's The Grey Album featuring music of The Beatles and Jay Z). The interviews with these artists reveal an emerging understanding of digital works and the obstacle to their authoring copyright presents.
The interviews featured in Good Copy Bad Copy acknowledge a recent shift towards user-generated content, mashup music and video culture. The documentary opens with explaining the current legal situation concerning sampling, licensing and copyright.
Good Copy Bad Copy documents the conflict between current copyright law and recent technological advances that enable the sampling of music, as well as the distribution of copyrighted material via peer-to-peer file sharing search engines such as The Pirate Bay. MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) CEO Dan Glickman is interviewed in connection with a raid by the Swedish police against The Pirate Bay in May 2006. Glickman concedes that piracy will never be stopped, but states that they will try to make it as difficult and tedious as possible. Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij from The Pirate Bay are also interviewed, with Neij stating that The Pirate Bay is illegal according to US law, but not Swedish law.
In Nigeria the documentary interviews individuals working within the Nigerian film industry, or Nollywood. Charles Igwe, a film producer in Lagos, is interviewed at length about his views on the Nigerian film industry, the nature of Nigerian films, and copyright in the context of digital video technology. Mayo Ayilaran, from the Copyright Society of Nigeria, explains the Nigerian government's approach to copyright enforcement.
In Brazil the Tecno brega industry and its unique approach to copyright and sampling is documented, featuring interviews with amongst others Ronaldo Lemos, Professor of Law FGV Brazil. Lemos explains that CDs or recorded music is treated merely as an advertisement for parties and concerts that generate revenue.
- Girl Talk, Producer
- Dr Lawrence Ferrara, Director of Music Department NYU
- Paul V. Licalsi, Attorney Sonnenschein
- Jane Peterer, Bridgeport Music
- Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan, NYU
- Danger Mouse, Producer
- Dan Glickman, CEO MPAA
- Gottfrid Svartholm, The Pirate Bay
- Fredrik Neij, The Pirate Bay
- Rick Falkvinge, Pirate Party
- Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons
- Ronaldo Lemos, Professor of Law Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Brazil
- Charles Igwe, Film Producer Lagos Nigeria
- Mayo Ayilaran, Copyright Society of Nigeria
- Olivier Chastan, VP Records
- John Kennedy, Chairman International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
- Shira Perlmutter, Head of Global Legal Policy International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
- Peter Jenner, Sincere Management
- John Buckman, Magnatune Records
- Beto Metralha, Producer Belém do Pará Brazil
- DJ Dinho, Tupinambá Belém do Pará Brazil
Originally created for the Danish National Broadcasting Television network, the film was eventually released for free on the internet as a BitTorrent download. The filmmakers hope that releasing Good Copy Bad Copy for free will raise awareness and lead to other local broadcasting networks to show the documentary.
- Alternative compensation system
- Mashup (music)
- Remix culture
- RiP!: A Remix Manifesto
- Steal This Film
- Fair use
- Michael Moore Should Watch This Documentary - Vulture
- Girl Talk Announces First North American Tour in Eight Years - Rolling Stone
- Good Copy Bad Copy—About
- Good Copy Bad Copy—Credits
- Posts tagged Copyright at Download Squad
- Good Copy Bad Copy on blip.tv
- "Good Copy Bad Copy on Swedish TV". Archived from the original on 8 June 2008.
- on YouTube
- "Free culture, patents" playlist from YouTube user "Aristosek"—includes the full film of Good Copy Bad Copy (with Polish subtitles)
- Good Copy Bad Copy at Google Videos Archived January 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine