Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Shooting down fair use.

Copy Rites: YouTube vs. Kevin B. Lee -by Matt Zoller Seitz

I really loved what Lee was doing. Wedding criticism with the object being critiqued seemed like the obvious future of online film criticism. An intelligent man talking while a film plays has been a staple of film classrooms around the globe for decades. In fact, I think that it's the only way that film criticism can be taught. Extended title specific discussions have also appeared in the recent past via DVD commentary tracks, but these are always "authorized" discussions. What Youtube (and related technologies) offered, then, wasn't something new, but the democratization of a process that has already proven successful. As Seitz makes clear in his post, this recent decision by Youtube to ignore fair use is really about money, enforcing the dictates of mad media tyrants and axing the peasants.

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