Good Copy Bad Copy

Good Copy Bad CopyGood 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. The interviews document attitudes towards art, culture and copyright in a number of countries, including the US, Sweden, Russia, Nigeria, and Brazil.

The situation in Nigeria and Brazil is documented in terms of innovative business models that have developed in response to new technological possibilities and changing markets. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

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  • S

    I found some of the edits to be a bit choppy, the titles of the people being interviewed were too small and sometimes it was hard to read the subtitles as they were white on a white background. Other than that, it wasn't too bad.

  • awesome

    great doc! thanks for sharing!

  • DeepPeace

    Does a good job of presenting the new (global) creative culture in the current world of the re-mix. This is today's reality. Time for the business models to open up to change - and some of them are.

    Presented by a copyright expert, too, so that side seems well covered. Someone on the docu said it well - people don't seem to mind paying the artists or the labels - just not big corporations. We want to make it more grass-roots, more little-people and Internet friendly. Something like that, anyway. Worth a watch :)

    I liked it.

  • gav

    Great stuff, its a hard issue to tackle. I would be a depressed child without sampling though...

  • http://www.cjrocky.com rockysbeats

    hmmm, they need to start renaming this so called 're-mixing' to 'chop-mixing' because thats all theyre doing chopping things up, a truely good remix is done from scratch

  • meo

    Wow...it's like we're living in a society that thrives on a parasite type of mindset. Recycling something that has artistic integrity until it deconstructs completely & losing it's original intention. So what's the point then of cultivating something meaningful as an artist when it's only going to lose it's original meaning? Technology has led the 'choppers' to start believing that they are musicians but does sampling the performances of someone else mean that they are part of the musical commentary? Perhaps they are like journalists commenting through re-contextualisation of samples and forming a ready-made piece, just like Duchamp & his ready-mades. So does all this really mean a start to creativity or the death of true creativity? How come the 'downloaders' never talk about the fact that they are profiting in the enrichment of their wellbeing without ever thanking the actual creative source? Maybe all this will lead to the eventual death of creativity as we plunge into shallower waters of our cultural emotive exchanges & lose our authenticity along the way.

  • L3g3nd

    @meo
    You obviously didnt watch the doc or understand anything anyone said in it...

  • meo

    I did watch the documentary L3g3nd. I did watch the documentary & am a musician, so I know exactly what is happening when their work is downloaded & recycled on the net for free. We struggle because there is no way to get paid in this way unless you're a major artist. My work is being downloaded freely and uploaded on sites & profited by mp3 sites that has practically stolen with no moral backbone to give back to the ones who actually did the work. Sure it's a great way for promotion but it just takes away the desire to try and do anything meaningful. Meanwhile, it's back to the day job to pay for the bills.

  • Nathan

    @meo I hear you but I don't think it should take away your desire to do anything meaningful with it.

    After I released my cd I sold copies for $20 each. Once I covered the costs of production (I mixed and mastered it myself) I uploaded the whole album for free download.
    I get alot more out of sharing it than making money from it.
    Unless you're willing to sign to a major label and generally write mediocre music, then you kinda have to just do it for the love of doing it, even if it leaves you out of pocket.

  • Ansar11

    The real musicians are the ones that do it for the love of music, not the love of money. If you want to make money either do shows with the crowd base you've got from the internet, or sell your soul to a major label.

  • http://rayvellest.com/ Ray Vellest

    I like to think there will be a time, not to far in future where copywriting laws will be scrapped and every single piece of intellectual content will be declared public property. Yes, I know, that would require a totally different system of compensation! I wouldn't mind if that changed too!

  • Mattfortworth

    Agreed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q5CMD62OJMCYMI7RIAVF6IOVFQ Rorster

    Boring
    These types of mixes came out in the 70's medley's sold on 45's 'Stars' on 45 for instance. What get's me is the leeching off other people's talent's. Like bad karaoke. Make your own music, be creative with an original.What a concept. American's have lost thier creativity. Most artists or pop so called stars can't play an instrument let alone write and create a hit. Where are the Guitar Hero's? We could name 100's from the 50's to the 80's now ????Nobody....probably all sampled from them anyway.

  • BiznatchRuler

    Ok i have a mind to speak on this little subject. Why do some people think that musicians wont be musicians if they cant fet filthy rich off of their music. Also who the **** things its right for someone to basically say "hey you have music well i will sell it for you and make loads of money for doing relatively nothing. If the content is good people will buy it. PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO PAY MIDDLEMEN. Record labes can make up whatever bull**** they want to defend their archaic business that is totally unnecessary. People like physical objects FACT. when you download a album do you get the album? NO. Fat-cat lazy ****heads who make money from others work make me sick. MONEY PERVERTS ART. if an artist's only motivation is to make money off of his art he has already sold himself out and will never produce the art he personally wanted to create as he will have to pander to society. If you really want something money wont be your motivator. Do it for yourself because you want to do it not because you think if you make it this certain way people will buy it. They act like people wont buy the Metallica wristband or t-shirt. Make your money off of physical objects that represent your ideas but don't sell the ideas themselves because when you attach money to an idea you exclude certain people.

  • Dom Paraman

    you want Guitar Heros? :) How about...Trey Azagthoth Guitarist for Morbid Angel. Steve DiGiorgio Bass player for Sadus (among a lot of other bands) i could sit here and name Real Artists all night. Metal is the real hidden world of creativity, with bands forming purely to create music. Not to make money. These True Artists create their music from scratch, they put together basslines, solos, lyrics etc Tiny bands come and go, 80% of musicians are part of many bands at once and still dont make barrels of cash. Because they dont want to. Many Many Death metal artists for example fully advocate the use of illegal downloading and some have even said in interview ''fu** it, go download it illegally. if they like it, they will buy it.'' people love artworks and dvd extras. these things are usually unavailable from simple compressed .Rar versions of an album. The internet is a great place to Discover artists. and real artists know this. These days websites exist that have been created solely to take advantage of this E.g. Bandcamp/Last.fm etc etc. I personally have illegally downloaded thousands of albums in my life. but hundreds of those i have later bought physical copies of and/or bought official merchandise from said band directly. The only thing they should be scared of... is people realising that for example young justin beibers latest album was created out of about 7 different beats and put together by a team of 20 or more people.(not a single one of which was justin himself.) Lol and so he is more widely known just because of the money put into the advertising. so the thing they have to be Really afraid of is people realising how unoriginal and uncreative the music they are desperately trying to peddle to us actually is.