- Alex Lungu
"We live in the feudalism era of the digital age"
Why does copyright exist? Who is actually affected by piracy?
Why do we feel like criminals when we go online?
Culture has become collaborative and creativity defines the new generation. We have something very important to protect: THE INTERNET, the place where innovation and knowledge (still) run free.
The wide access to information has opened the door to the most basic means of creativity: Remix.
What is copyright supposed to protect in these changing times? Is copying really stealing? Couldn't there be a better way? There might actually be...
The Internet Is Closing Down (Internetul se închide) is a 15 minute documentary, and the first Romanian project that tackles the intricate relationship between file-sharing and intellectual property. It features some relevant answers from activists in Romania, as well as notes from several other US based activists like Lawrence Lessig, Brad Burham, Clay Shirky and others. It was launched online for free in Romania, and within hours it gained exposure from one of the most important local independent media channels in the country. It got 25.000 hits in the first three days.
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HOW WE WILL SPEND YOUR MONEY
All the money we raise with your support will go towards creating a BRAND NEW animated web series dedicated to debunking the myths of online copying. The series will consist of a number of 2D animated episodes, each dealing with a different argument as to what is fair or not on the digital ground - and the big difference between copying something and actually stealing it. It will feature simple but very comprehensive arguments for everyone to understand, and will be available for free - for download or streaming.
Copying is a ritual as old as the human race: the act of sharing a piece of culture or information. We should definitely support the author and his work, but culture should be shared freely. This is how new ideas are born and this is how society evolves as a whole.
Help us reframe the way people think about copyright and set knowledge free!
With a bare minimum budget, the team had two main members:
Radu Tancău - cinematography
Alex Lungu - directing, editing, sound design
...but great support from friends and organisations:
Veiozaarte: Ioana Moldoveanu, Mihai Ghiduc, Xandra Popescu - additional interviews
Achimescu Vlad - interview consultant
Adrian Iurchievici & Andrei Jammal Pîrvulescu - camera assistants
Adi Tudose - additional footage
Alice Genţiana Gheorghiu - sound assistant
Ioana Pelehatăi - translation and subtitles
With many thanks to:
Daniel Stanciu, Constantin Vică , Bogdan Manolea and Tiberiu C. Turbureanu
and additional help from:
Tudor Petremarin, Stefăniţă Manea, Andrei Dăscălescu, Alina Manolache, Marius Obretin, Tudor D. Popescu and miss Rădiţa :).