Welcome to OpenSourceCinema.org, a collaborative documentary project to create a feature film about copyright in the digital age.
Several years ago, I began researching the intersection of culture and creativity – exploring how in the digital age, everything we know about copyright has been turned upside down. From mash-ups to filesharing, creation to distribution, everything is in flux.
This all came in to sharp relief when I attended the MGM vs Grokster oral argument in 2005. Outside, the music industry and file-sharing supporters alike protested in large numbers. One music industry veteran declared “music is like a donut. Pay for the donut, you get to eat it”. Meanwhile, a 16 kid told me “I don’t think you can own music – its just feelings. How can you own that?” So who’s right? Is culture a product? Will the next generation ever settle for anything less than free? Thats what I want to explore in this documentary, which is tentatively titled Basement Tapes.
My name is Brett Gaylor, and the feature documentary I’m creating needs your help to be made – thats why Open Source Cinema exists – to faciliate online collaboration – to create a participatory way to discuss these issues.
For more information about The Film – check out the WikiFilm.
For more information about the philosophy of the project, check out the Manifesto
To start creating, go to the Create Page.