Design and Innovation Daily

Documentary film: Good Copy Bad Copy

Posted in culture by Dan on December 11, 2009

On a tangent to yesterday’s post, I want to recommend the documentary Good Copy Bad Copy for your weekend viewing. The film travels from the U.S. to Sweden to Nigera to Brazil, exploring the many cultural dimensions of sampling, remixing, piracy, and copyright law. Going far beyond the conflict between record companies and consumers—the story we usually hear about in the U.S.—the documentary explores the many (more than two) perspectives on the issue and builds a new understanding of what it means to “copy.”

Good Copy Bad Copy can be viewed at If you’d rather own it, you can download it legally as a torrent. (The torrent link on the website is broken, but it can be found elsewhere.)


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