Re: The Politics of the Bootleg

From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jun 11 2008 - 14:08:01 PDT

I have to specifically disagree with something that's been posted
twice in this discussion:

"We're not going to change anyone's minds here."

If that's true, then you'd stay out of the conversation;
acknowledging that talk is pointless seems to lead logically to a
cessation of talking. The fact is, this statement is usually
followed by a longish argument which seems to indicate a hope, at
least, that understanding will increase, if not agreement. So, I say,
argue on!

But it's not true; hearing a bunch of dedicated filmies discuss this
topic is extremely informative, and though it might not result in
some binary switch-flipping (I hated copyright but now I love it!) it
will certainly lead to more textured thinking.

Even if the UBU Board of Directors are making a few nervous phone
calls to their lawyers this morning (hint to them: you should be!),
that's a concrete gain - they've been forced to consider artists as
real people with needs and interests instead of cardboard cut-outs
spurting out works from the ether for them to watch / exploit /
discuss. If a couple of folks on this list decide to give their
films away after hearing the arguments, that's also good for everybody.

As for UBU's stated goals (disseminating works) versus their methods
(theft and bullying), I can only quote Shakespeare's Brutus:

"as he was
valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I
slew him."


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