Within days after the release of Negativland's clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on erasing the piece from the history of rock music. Craig Baldwin follows this and other intellectual property controversies across the contemporary arts scene. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an "electronic folk culture" in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape.
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Great documentary about copyright law and content reappropriation (with no small number of uncleared visual "samples", no doubt)...
i have always been one.
Negativland sampled, chopped, repurposed and haphazardly glued together soundbites and preexisting music into strange staccato songs. They were basically a groundbreaking, but terrible sounding, Girl Talk. Think Animal Collective mixed with the Kleptones. The documentary itself sounds like its being issued over a CB radio. It's pretty ugly and muddy. 'Sonic Outlaws' can be missed unless you're nostalgic for mid-nineties TDK VHS recordings.