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Steal This Film

October 21st, 2008 by marcus

The second episode of Not Quite Art Series Two goes to air on TV on ABC1 across Australia at 10pm local time tonight.

If you’re in Australia, it is possible to download all episodes of the series in full and for free from the ABC web site. However as a lot of people have observed this series is unavailable outside Australia due to copyright restrictions. I thought i should explain.

The primary reason for this is that the series (and tonight’s episode in particular) features a lot of work by artists who are at the margins of what you can legally do under current copyright law.  Actually, pretty much the whole episode tonight deals with remix, mashup, copyright and creative commons – it is actually about what you can and can’t do under current copyright law.

I was actually quite pleasantly surprised when the ABC legal people allowed us to show the work of artists such as Soda Jerk (that’s some of their stuff above) in tonight’s program. However, the trade off was that because they were relying on specific provisions under Australian law that they were not willing to make it available outside Australia – which is a shame because from all reports (and from many disgruntled comments) there was a large audience out there in the rest of the world who were interested in it.

As it stands, the ABC has exclusive rights to make the series available online for 30 days after broadcast. My plan is to make a Creative Commons, ipod sized version of the program available for “official download” sometime shortly thereafter. At the moment, that will be subject to clearing some of those same legal hurdles mentioned above.

In the meantime, if you’re from somewhere other than Australia and you want to get hold of a copy, what to do? Well, personally, if i was in your position (and as an Australian who waits months on ends for a shitty subset of international TV to eventually find it’s way here, I am often in your position) I’d try to find out where there might be a copy of it online somewhere and download it. Yahtzee Croshaw, who was in last week’s episode seems to have overseas fans that are getting hold of copies. Surely someone must have put the damn thing on bittorrent by now?

Obviously, i’m not in any way endorsing this practice. I am certainly not encouraging anyone to leave links in the comments to places it can be slyly downloaded or anything like that. I’m not suggesting people should upload the choice bits to youtube or anything like that.

No Siree. I’m just saying that’s what I would do.

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  • 1 mez breeze Oct 22, 2008 at 8:52 am

    hmm. interesting [+ courageous] approach marc. + i missed the ep last nite but am keen 2 c it…going 2 the Aunty site there’s no link to the 2nd ep yet. do u know when they update it?


  • 2 marcus Oct 22, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I would think it would be up some time today.

  • 3 Will B Oct 22, 2008 at 10:07 am

    There appears to be a torrent for it now. It is showing up on thepiratebay and mininova if anyone is looking.

  • 4 Will B Oct 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Looks like episode 2 is also up now. Thats efficiency.. Go kids!

  • 5 Lucas Oct 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm


    if you visit this page:
    and scroll to the bottom, there appears to be a link to download the episode without those pesky international restrictions…

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