RiP! A Remix Manifesto

In RiP: A remix mani­festo, Web act­iv­ist and film­maker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copy­right in the inform­a­tion age, mash­ing up the media land­scape of the 20th cen­tury and shat­ter­ing the wall between users and producers.

The films cent­ral prot­ag­on­ist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musi­cian top­ping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a par­agon of people power or the Pied Piper of pir­acy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazils Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop cul­ture crit­ic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.

A par­ti­cip­at­ory media exper­i­ment, from day one, Brett shares his raw foot­age at, for any­one to remix. This movie-as-mash-up meth­od allows these remixes to become an integ­ral part of the film. With RiP: A remix mani­festo, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle.

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