With films like Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus, production company The Asylum has cornered the no-budget market. John Patterson on a Hollywood phenomenon
Hannah Fowler's insight:
DIscussion of The Asylum's business model, which follows the "operating principles of STV" pioneered by Roger Corman (18, 24, 31). Characteristics include low-buget, quick production, non-union workers, and targeting of particular markets and demographics. Also discusses similar trends in STV and pornography, such as using satircal/spin-off titles and their own individual star systems.
Jose Padilha talks about Elite Squad (2007), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) and the Robocop reboot.
Padilha's take on piracy and Elite Squad seems to differ from Lobato's assessment (50). Despite the film's strong box office, Padilha notes that rampant piracy prevented the film from becoming a financial success.
The clip provides some interesting contrasts between independent and studio production (e.g. formal/informal film production and distribution).
Lawrence Lessig believes copyright protection has been a totally failed war.
Erik K. Clabaugh's insight:
In this clip, Lawrence Lessig discusses his new rules (to borrow a phrase from another popular TV talk show) for the nascent hybrid economy (the dialectical synthesis of informal and formal economies).
Question: Is this an effective means of dealing with the "Grey Internet?"
In an interview from the Wired magazine Rave awards, DJ Girl Talk provides his perspective on authorship through remixing and "mash-ups." Although his music often provokes copyright owners, he has been publicly supported by influential copyright reformists such as Lawrence Lessig who believe in the fair use of music sampling. In addition to piracy as theft and piracy as free speech, Girl Talk's music is an example of piracy as authorship, or the "selection and combination of fragments of already existing discourse" (78).
With unauthorized copies of movies and other media being sold around the world, you may be wondering whether that DVD is a counterfeit. If you are shopping from a street market or online seller, here is how to check for authenticity.
Erik K. Clabaugh's insight:
A (laughable) "How-To" guide for spotting "fake" DVDs.
It is interesting to note how paratextual materials (cover art, the DVD box, the color of the disc) are cited as markers of authenticity.
Is the end in sight for the Gadhafi family’s Hollywood spending spree?
Erik K. Clabaugh's insight:
A brief article from The Hollywood Reporter discussing Saadi Gadhafi and Natural Selection, LLC.
Question: How might we reconcile this quote with notions of formal and informal economies?:
"Since announcing a $100 million production fund in July 2009, Natural Selection has produced movies like The Experiment (starring Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker and Twilight's Cam Gigandet) and put money in several others, according to sources. But it was unable to secure a deal to invest in major studio pictures despite help from William Morris Endeavor’s global finance group, led by Graham Taylor. “Why would any studio take his money?” the rival agent scoffs about the elder Gadhafi. “He’s a Jew-hater.”
Produced by The Asylum, which is already known for its STV mockbusters such as "Snakes on a Train," this movie draws on the outlandish 1950s monster/sci-fi genre. It became a viral sensation, gaining a million hits in two days following its 2009 release and leading to the creation of similar movies such as Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus and Mega Python Vs. Gateroid. Complete with B-grade actors, overinflated dialogue, and campy special effects, the movie does not conform to the standards of "formal" cinematic studies. In an interview with People magazine, actress Debbie Gibson said,"If you realize it's just a fun-science fiction movie, you'll get it. It's not a film where you ask a bunch of questions; you just enjoy it for what it is."
This is an excellent interactive resource to teach children about copyright. Prepared by the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., a nonprofit corporation founded in 1953 to foster interest in and advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property.
Part of MPAA's anti-piracy campaign, this website teaches children about copyright laws and authorship. It also includes FAQs, links to websites such as The Authors Guild, and information on how to get permission to use works protected by copyright.
The bio of Dimitri Villard, the CEO of Peer Media Technologies ( one of the companies responsible for flooding P2P networks with defective files). It is interesting to note Mr. Villard's professional background as well as companies sponsoring this "Entertainment Content Protection Summit."
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