Wednesday, 30 May 2007

A Fairy Use Tale

This video, explaining the concept of copyright and fair use using the words of characters in Disney movies, is a masterpiece of the art of compilation. Think of the hours it must have taken to find characters saying "work" and "fixed" and "years", before even thinking about the work involved in splicing them all together.

Yes, but what's the point? It's produced by Stanford University's Fair Use project, but it barely scratches the surface of the issue, and what it's saying is completely lost behind the showy presentation. Yes, there's a joke in having it spoken by Disney snippets, but ten minutes of joke? I don't think so.