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In a just world Carmen Ortiz would prosecute herself for the death of a 26 year old male instead of prosecuting a 26 year old male for posting JSTOR files to the internet.

In a just world Carmen Ortiz would prosecute herself for the death of a 26 year old male instead of prosecuting a 26 year old male for posting JSTOR files to the internet.

Censor Space

So I don’t really know any art/activist pieces that deal with the difficulty in publishing or performing works particularly works with an activist slant that refer in any way to previous media or culture without often paying up the nose for the licensing fees and having to hunt down the creator of orphaned works.

I think it’d be interesting then to have a digital collection of student and professional but unrealized documentaries where film footage that could not be distributed because of copyright law is altered or censored so the film’s copyrighted materials is blacked out or silenced and then can be viewed in this highly altered form. 

I imagine that having to remove sound and images from all legally questionable portions would so totally transform each work that it would be nearly impossible to distinguish the original meaning.

At every moment a copyrighted occurance happens, the amount it would cost to allow that scene to occur would be displayed and the total is caluclated at the bottom of the screen until you get the total.

Besides for making an interesting piece to watch, already there are artistic pieces that re-imagine existing works simply by blacking out portions (obviously this is a simplification), I think it would really underline the expansive and relatively recent restrictions to our means of expression in the United States.

But viewers can also donate some money to the film that might lift the cost of that censorship for that scene. So not only does it make the statement of our curtailing of expression and that ‘libre’ is not necessarily ‘gratis’ anymore, but it could be a portal where, if a documentary is good enough, crowd funding might bring it to see the light of day. 

Could be called “The Price of Freedom” or  ”Pay-to-Express” or something.

Any film or music piece or w/e can be posted and distributed for free (or for sale). 

And those sales can help repeal the cost of the copyright until the film is at a level where it can be sold and distributed through the general public (where the site becomes it’s distribution platform).

In addition, these censored films could serve an education to young film makers for how to avoid policies that could restrain their film or speech. Or, more simply, highlighting what speech film and song creators are allowed to express.

But I think there could be one more aspect to this. Films that breach copyright are not permitted to be distributed to the public. But there can be selected viewings. So if there were a physical location, a Dark-Room where individuals can visit and watch the entire film of their choice, uncensored, and alone.

There’s a twist though. Because the film can’t legally be screened to the public, entry would require heavy background checks and surrendering of the basic freedoms one normally assumes with our normal consumption of media.

Even then, it is up to the discretion of the theater owners to reject those who wish entry outright, for no reason. Or to allow them inside but then not screen the film that they wished, either screening something horrifying or nothing at all for two hours.

Anyway, I think it would be interesting if some project like this existed in the United States.

Make It Better: Band Name Appropriateness

Some band names just don’t fit the genre in which they work. Pick one, and tell them what they should be doing.

  • Atilla Engin (Jazz Fusion

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  • Atilla Engine (Metalcore)

-S.B.

I once read about a recording looped over and over until the tape fell apart. It was on a list of best songs of something-something. It was haunting, and released shortly after before 9/11. It felt like listening to a song die.
Greg Gillis is a necromancer of music. Remixing him isn’t important. You have to kill him and bring him back to life. Do it with images. Do it with recordings and shitty tape recorders. Make him a zombie.
-S.B.

edit: Whomadecookies helpfully pointed out that it’s called “The Disintegration Loops” by William Basinski and was released just prior to 9/11. Thanks for ending my difficult Google search.

I once read about a recording looped over and over until the tape fell apart. It was on a list of best songs of something-something. It was haunting, and released shortly after before 9/11. It felt like listening to a song die.

Greg Gillis is a necromancer of music. Remixing him isn’t important. You have to kill him and bring him back to life. Do it with images. Do it with recordings and shitty tape recorders. Make him a zombie.

-S.B.

edit: Whomadecookies helpfully pointed out that it’s called “The Disintegration Loops” by William Basinski and was released just prior to 9/11. Thanks for ending my difficult Google search.

Remix or sample a song known for being a remix or a sample. Keep doing it until it’s unrecognizable and then try to get sued.
-S.B.

Remix or sample a song known for being a remix or a sample. Keep doing it until it’s unrecognizable and then try to get sued.

-S.B.

The Motor Boat Inn

onemoresalutetovanity:

Just another great business idea that does not yet exist but would be sure to delight if someone was smart enough to invest in my hopes and dreams.

I envision it as a romantic nautically themed roadside paradise, perhaps just off of Route 6 somewhere in Truro, Massachusetts, right before you hit the bustling hamlet of Provincetown. Every room would have a romantic anchor-shaped hot tub and be draped in red, white, blue, and gold.

And boobs, of course. There’d have to be boobs.

If Copyright has anything to do with plagiarism, it’s that it makes it easier to plagiarize (because works and their provenance aren’t public and are therefore easier to obscure and lie about) and increases incentive to do so (because copying with attribution is as illegal as copying without, and including attribution makes the infringement more conspicuous). American Copyright law does not protect attribution to begin with; it is concerned only with “ownership,” not authorship.

-Nina Paley: Credit Is Due

If you are unfamiliar with Nina Paley, get reading.

(via veganarchonomics)

I want to write tiny messages on fallen leaves in a busy park

that say,

please help

I’ve fallen

or something. Then film that leaf being passed, ignored, maybe even stepped on, by all the passerby.

On a similar note, filming a small paper crane placed right in some nook outside on a very rainy day and see if anyone picks it up and carries it out of the rain before it turns to mush

JML

Stolen at Comic Con: Urinal Interview

This weekend at New York Comic-Con, I stood at Geof Darrow’s booth next to Pete from 30 Rock and some bloggers who sought to interview him (Darrow, not Pete. But Pete’s cool too). 

Darrow, a charming man, said that he had always thought that someone should start conducting interviews while the interviewee stood at a urinal. You could either make it as short as a piss, or loop a pissing sound for the entirety of it. 

SOMEONE DO THIS.

Make a blog, make a Tumblr, make a web series, put it on YouTube. Just…do this. Famous people, regular people, this would be wonderful.

Then a woman can get angry and call it sexist and start interviewing ladies in stalls while videotaping their feet or something.

…Also, there’s probably a decent way to pun “urinal interview” as “you’re in a-l interview” 

-S.B.

Stolen: Tales From a Beauty Shop

A friend a few years ago talked about wanting to write a short story about all the things a beautician heard while cutting hair, and, concurrently, the story the hair itself told. It was almost pitiful to hear him say he wanted to write it, but hadn’t begun, and he begged me not to take the idea.

It’s not the most original concept, but rote ideas just need inventive executions. I’m sorry I not only took it, but shared it, but you didn’t make good on your desire to commit word to page. Maybe someone else will.

-S.B.

Take this Idea: The 6 Degree Shuffle

Hey guys. Remember Chat Roulette. That was fun times huh?

So this is a throwback idea. Probably couldn’t be popular now. but there is that theory out there that everyone is separated by everyone else by at most 6 degrees.

So what about a chat roulette that connects you only with those people?

The only people you meet are people who, no matter what, will never have any connection to you. You won’t know any of the same people, or ever meet eachother in the same social circles, or encounter eachother ever at work. 

Total anonymity.

And yet, because of the slice of people that use this, there would probably be relatively few people who you’d encounter on this site that would in fact be that far removed from you.

So it might be that you end up seeing these same people a bit.

And developing a relationship with someone on the other side of the social sphere.

Missing: The technology, the following