Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Digital piracy in name of art tests film industry

Digital piracy in name of art tests film industry - Technology - International Herald Tribune: "Take a Hollywood classic, add a video editor, and stir. It's a recipe for controversy in a room full of computer graphics specialists and movie executives.

So-called digital "mash-ups," which reuse and edit copyrighted material, are a new front in the digital rights war, dividing amateurs, who say they remix in the name of art, from movie and music industry giants. Intellectual property lawyers, movie industry executives, and others grappled with the issue Monday at Siggraph, the computer graphics conference in Boston that has drawn 25,000 people from around the world.

"Much of the art throughout history was based on the art that came before it," said Robert Ryang, whose reworked trailer for "The Shining," which presented the horror classic as a family film, became a hit on the Internet. "You can see it in Andy Warhol's work or when Duchamp drew a mustache on the Mona Lisa."

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