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FBI Fines


The FBI Fines project is named rightly so for the extreme amount of copyright laws I’m breaking by even THINKING about doing this project. (FAIR USE!! FAIR USE!!) When you watch a movie on video you are informed that showing or distributing this work without express permission is punishable by some ridiculously outrageous fine amount through federal law by the FBI. I feel dirty and criminal even before I watch the movie. Anyhow, this type of law and mentality is directly applicable to the VJ who samples movies or other copyrighted video, as well as any music producer who is sampling music that hasn’t been rightfully cleared to use. This is a very controversial issue currently, that I won’t go into any great length here. (See Fair Use, Girl Talk) In any matter, here’s the concept of this project. I have taken some of my favorite songs from movie scores, and made them into hip hop/dance beats; Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Fountain, Last of the Mohicans… movie music and movie’s I love. The beats were actually pretty easy for me to construct, but taking the corresponding movies and taking the appropriate clips I want from them in order to mix a VJ composition that matched the beat is HUGELY time consuming. I won’t bore you with my geek details of that side of the creative process. This is purely a labor of interest and love. The music is available for free download, and although I can upload a VJ mixtape of the visuals onto youtube in technical terms, there would be a good chance it could be taken down for copyright infringement. Releasing this in full length time of the music with the visuals would require a printing rate which I would not be able to afford being that it would generate no revenue. Taking the time and money to clear the video and music samples from the movies is next to impossible. So, I would be counting on fair use in order to perform this project live and show these images in a public forum. Fair use includes many aspects, but here is the basis of this copyright law; if the work you are creating can stand alone without the copyrighted samples that you are using in order to create a new piece of art, typically you’re okay to use it. BUT, in reality, it’s a crap shoot mainly depending on the judge that your case went before and his understanding of works of art. I’m not planning on any financial gain from this project. I just love these movies, love these soundtracks, and I think it’s a REALLY COOL idea. Live movie/film manipulation. Neat huh!

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