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24/7: A DIY Video Summit

Cameron Parkins, January 25th, 2008

From February 8 – 10, the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at the University of Southern California will be holding a phenomenal series of panels and screenings focused on DIY video in the digital age, tittled “24/7: A DIY Video Summit“. Topics of discussion range from the artistry and aesthetics involved in this new form of film creation to the copyright debate surrounding it. With presenters ranging from media theorist Henry Jenkins, to documentary filmmaker/theorist Alexandra Juhasz, to our very own Lawrence Lessig (CEO) and Joichi Ito (Chairman of the Board), the folks behind 24/7 have compiled an amazing list of panels and screenings for those interested in how digital video is changing our perceptions of contemporary DIY video and film.

Of particular note to those in the CC-community is the panel “DIY Media: The Intellectual Property Dilemma”, which features Yochai Benkler of Harvard Law, Lawrence Lessig, and Fred von Lohmann of EFF (moderated by Jen Urban, Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic) and the plenary session “Envisioning the Future of DIY”, which features Joi Ito, Benkler, Henry Jenkins, John Seely Brown and Lessig. You can read more about the panels here.

The whole event is a must for anyone engaged with online video and the debate that surrounds it. You can register here for entrance to the panels and workshops. While a registration fee is required for full access, all screenings and the plenary session are free and open to the public.

From USC:

University of Southern California (USC) presents 24/7: A DIY Video Summit that will be held February 8-10, 2008. This dynamic three-day event will showcase media programs spread across four different venues on USC’s Los Angeles campus. It will house a screening series in viral, amateur and peer-to-peer video, a variety of academic panel presentations, a day of intensive do-it-yourself video workshops and birds-of-a-feather meetings.

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