Great documentary about copyright law and content reappropriation (with no small number of uncleared visual "samples", no doubt)...
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.
I liked it
Necessary viewing for anyone intrigued by the intersection of art, law, and free speech. Interesting to note how popular and legislative understandings of copyright have evolved in the last 20 years. Styled according to the pastiche / collage / mash-up forms that are the subject of the doc itself, so be prepared for layers, clips, archival footage, quick transitions, and discord.
i have always been one.