Sample Communication Movie Review Paper on Good Copy Bad Copy

Good Copy Bad Copy

            On first encounter it looks like a movie, it sounds like a movie, but this one you can’t watch at a cinema. Things have changed and people are now being classed as criminals in the eyes of the law. The tools to get all the free music and films and TV shows we want quickly, easily and for free, exist inside the internet. The teenage generations of today have already come of age at a time where they take the internet for granted. They have experienced first hand that all the information you could possibly want is available at the touch of your fingertips. Those of us who are used to the internet would not like to see any censorship or regionalization of it. We would not and should not accept any government or commercial censoring of the internet.

Throughout the documentary, we hear from an impressively wide cast of characters, such as professors of music copyright law, Brazilian mash up artists, Russian pirated music sellers, Nigerian filmmakers, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Swedish file-sharing service providers called the Pirate Bay, lawyers and owners of small record labels. Through interviews with each of these people, the film explores questions such as the freedom artists have to obtain compensation for their work, how this freedom will be protected as copyright evolves and how current artists can continue to create without constant threat of legal persecution.

Through the film, Lawrence Lessig’s Creative Commons licenses emerge as an answer to some of these questions though they are not the only solution. Good copy bad copy is essential for all teen librarians to watch for their own professional benefit. The film’s hip and engaging tone is perfect inspiration for librarians to create mashup programs of their own or copyright-themed workshop for interested teens. Good copy bad copy could also form the basis for a great discussion group or debate activities for teens. The film portrays remix culture as a way for teens to engage with and interpret their cultural world. The issue is that mash ups infringe on traditional copyright laws – unless of course the mash up creator has gone through the painstaking legal process of securing copyright permissions.

The laws need repeal because the internet has changed everything about how we receive our information; how we are entertained and how we do business. I feel that artists should be fairly paid for their work and copyright has historically been the way in which this is done. A very good suggestion which is mentioned in this documentary is that we should be a fee to our ISPs which pays for our downloading of anything. That way it makes it easy to pay for what we want as it is to get what we want. We can download all the music or video we want and then decide what we like and what we don’t like. We could rate what we like as an obligation and that way the fees that are collected by ISP can be divided out fairly between those whose work we liked.

The story here is something which should be handled very carefully. We should not accept people being made examples of, just to satisfy the need for the media industries to show they have power. The law needs to be looked at before more innocent people get in trouble for downloading. It needs to be rewritten to cater for our advancement into the information age.

Works Cited

The Documentary Network “Good Copy Bad Copy (2007) Copyright and Culture Documentary.” Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube 6 Mar, 2013. Web. 19 Feb, 2016.