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Copy, share, or die!

Mike Linksvayer, July 27th, 2006

Annalee Newitz has a fun suggestion:

I mean, it’s no accident that a horror movie like “The Ring” came out during the heyday of file sharing. Let’s think about it — the flick is about a haunted videocassette that will kill you unless you make a duplicate copy and show it to somebody else. It’s like a nightmare analog version of BitTorrent. If you do not share your media, you will die. Creative Commons really should do a cartoon parody of “The Ring.”

I’ve never heard of this movie though Wikipedia confirms the plotline. Clearly a multiple-plotline parody is in order:

  • Character one must copy DRM media or die. Circumvents DRM, goes to jail, attacked by gang, dies.
  • Character two must copy DRM media or die. Atttempts to circumvent DRM, fails, dies.
  • Character three must copy DRM media or die. Realizes circumventing DRM is criminal, has moral crisis but in the end does the right thing, dies.
  • Character four must copy CC licensed media or die. Makes copy, shares with friends and strangers, remixes, is remixed, lives long and prospers.

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