Here’s another great documentary regarding Public Domain, fair use, and sampling. I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but I know it concerns mash-ups, details how culture builds upon itself in the digital age, and shows how biomedical engineer turned digital maestro builds his tracks. Like Copyright Criminals, largely about rights in music. Girl Talk shows you much more explicitly how music “borrows” from the past. There’s one particular medley that goes from Muddy Waters, to Led Zeppelin, to old choir tracks, to the Verve, to hip-hop, then house music. And once again, the topics covered move far beyond the music world. And the soundtrack tops Copyright Criminals. And it’s a great movie with great graphics and a great sense of humor. And it’s free to watch…fitting.

RiP! A Remix Manifesto (2009)