Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good Copy, Bad Copy



Good Copy Bad Copy, A documentary about the current state of copyright and culture, is a documentary about copyright and culture in the context of Internet, peer-to-peer file sharing and other technological advances. Directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke.

It features interviews with many people with various perspectives on copyright, including copyright lawyers, producers and artists.

A central point of the documentary is the thesis that "creativity itself is on the line" and that a balance needs to be struck, or that there is a conflict, between protecting the right of those who own intellectual property and the rights of future generations to create.

Originally made for the Danish National Broadcasting Network, the producers made the controversial decision to release the film for free as a BitTorrent download on The Pirate Bay. The documentary has subsequently been released under the Creative Commons (attribution, non-commercial) License and is hosted on


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