WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT

A report from the front lines of the real culture wars

Produced By Jed Horovitz Directed By Greg Hittelman
WITH
Lawrence Lessig & Mickey Mouse Carrie McLaren & Public Enemy Don Joyce & U2 Larry Gross & Star Wars Andy Warhol & Mona Lisa Ezra G & DJ Akiko Hot Rocks & The Rolling Stones Pretzel & Critters
 
 
"DJs, artists, teachers, and scholars come together discuss the amazing story of how corporations use legal maneuvering to collect money from people who are ‘guilty until proven innocent.’ Shot and distributed independently, this film examines the idea of intellectual property, an issue brought to the forefront with the advent of the internet and digital technology. CRITIC’S CHOICE."
- THE UC BERKELEY CALENDAR

"For librarians interested in intellectual property issues this is an absolute must see." - LIS NEWS (LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE NEWS)

"An extraordinary film about the culture wars… Brilliant."
- PROF. LAWRENCE LESSIG, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL

"A primer on copyright issues."
CARRIE MCLAREN, EDITOR, STAY FREE! MAGAZINE & CURATOR OF THE SFMOMA "ILLEGAL ART" SHOW

"Willful Infringement asks provocative questions: Is copyright an instrument of censorship? Do newer copyright controls, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, suppress the free speech of scientists, artists and others? Does aggressive enforcement of copyright law inhibit artists today in ways that they weren’t in the past? Whose art is it, anyway?…This documentary is a great way to bring the debate into the classroom." http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=1316
- EDUCATION MEDIA REVIEWS ONLINE

"Willful Infringement is a feature film about the ways that copyright has harmed free expression and creativity. The movie features clowns talking about the legal threats they got for twisting balloon-animal Barneys, Negativland conspiracists discussing life after being crushed for making music out of samples, as well as lots of legal geniuses and iconoclasts talking about how we got here and where we're going… Fascinating."
- CORY DOCTOROW, AUTHOR DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM

 
WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT was produced on digital video, is 58 minutes long, in color and stereo. It is available only on DVD and comes with over 45 minutes of bonus material including an interactive discussion guide for educators and exclusive 'Mickey & Me' sidebar video.
 
Note on pricing: "Willful Infringement" ($49.99) has been aimed for the educational and library market (where the typical video costs around $200). If this is beyond your personal budget, please ask your local library, university or organization to order a copy. That way, even more can share it. This is a movie about cultural commons, of which libraries are (once were and should be) the capital.

PREVIEW 'WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT' DISCOVER HUMAN NATURE
LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT ORIGINALITY SAMPLE 'MICKEY & ME'
FIND OUT IF IT REALLY IS ILLEGAL TO 'RIPMIXBURN' WATCH THE CREDITS
 
TIMELINE OF COPYRIGHT WHAT YOU CAN DO BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LINKS
 
For more information please contact ghittelman (at) gmail.com