Friday, April 17, 2015

Lecture: LEGO Movie Anti-Copyright?

Mike Rugnetta returns with another great theory.  This time, he explores whether The LEGO Movie is actually making a case against copyright!  (Not bloodly likely given the studios backing the film, but it's an intriguing though exercise.)  Rugnetta takes a look at how copyright effects every part of culture and how it affects the creation of something new out of something old – themes that The LEGO Movie grapples with at every turn.
"EVERYTHING IS AWESOME in the LEGO™ movie, except when it isn’t and LORD BUSINESS gets in the way and wants to control everything and stifle creativity™! Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, and others in the movie seem completely opposed to the imposition of any sort of structure that dictates what will be built and how, which to us at Idea Channel sounds really similar to discussions around copyright law and intellectual property (IP). Are master builders just artists who make good use of the public domain? Can the LEGO movie advocate for open culture even if LEGO itself is historically opposed to it? Find out in this week’s episode of Idea Channel!"

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