Stay Free Daily has an excellent post and interview:
How did Mad Hot Ballroom survive the copyright cartel?

It's insane what indie documentarians have to sacrifice to even represent reality, let alone liven up their production with some music. The Mad Hot Ballroom filmmakers had their work cut out, since the kids in the film dance to commercial music in competitions. But paying $$thousands for a Rocky ringtone?! And avoiding Frito-Lay trucks and billboards in their shots? Fuck that!

You mean to tell me that advertisers and record companies are literally studying our brain chemistry to figure out how to saturate every slice of our existence with messages to BUY BUY BUY their shit -- then they're going to turn around and fucking charge us if it ends up in a documentary film?

No, seriously: FUCK THAT.

Stay Free Daily continues the conversation with a post about Fair Use. Here's my comment:

I have brief news footage of Dan Rather denying, and then apologizing for, the "Rathergate" memos. It's crucial footage to my documentary on blogs, and in the context of media criticism - exactly the sort of thing Fair Use exists to protect.

And yet, if i wanted to get a distribution deal, i'd likely have to pay thousands of dollars to officially license that footage, even though it's Fair Use. Other doc filmmakers have confimed this, having been in those shoes.

I'm sorry, but that's completely fucked up.

Movieposternetwork2"We are no longer an industrialized society; we aren't even a post-industrial or technological society. We are now a corporate society, a corporate world, a corporate universe. This world is a vast cosmology of small corporations orbiting around larger corporations who, in turn, revolve around giant corporations, and this whole endless, eternal, ultimate cosmology is expressly designed for the production and consumption of useless things . . . "

June 24, 2005 at 03:23 AM in Film | Permalink


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This is all so completely messed up...and brings to mind a book I read recently called Market Forces.

"The book is set in a near future where companies and investment firms manipulate third world countries, raise and depose tyrants, and make their money from the spoils of war. Promotions in these companies are settled by road races to the death."

Fiction, but not far from it.

Posted by: Sharyn at Jun 24, 2005 9:27:20 AM

Well, now that it has been confirmed that the government can take your house and home (even though we have that whole 4th Amendment -no search and seizure) for the sake of the public good, maybe there are more things that should be free reign for the sake of the public good.

We could all band together and say that documentary filmmaking and blogging are forms of journalism, and we have the right to take footage and photos of that which has infiltrated our society when commenting on society, you know? Maybe the Supreme Court as it is would see a parallel.

A lot of this stuff is just plain unfair.

Posted by: Juliah at Jun 24, 2005 12:06:42 PM

To clarify: For the Supreme Court Case, it's the idea that the government can give your house to a private corporation for what they decide is the sake of the public good that I was talking about. They've been able to take your house for a much longer time than that.

Posted by: Juliah at Jun 24, 2005 12:11:11 PM