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The recent YouTube take-down of this fact-based documentary has provoked a remarkable response, suggesting that a large and growing community understands very well the issues at stake.
The take-down was due to a single complaint of copyright infringement by astronomer Travis Rector at the University of Alaska. Prompted by astronomer Sean Walker, Rector filed a complaint with YouTube, in disregard for both fair use and fair play. Unwittingly, he provoked an outpouring of criticism that caused him to hide the story he'd published on his own Facebook page as criticism continued to pour in.
On matters such as this, public consciousness has come a long way in recent years. Take away the fair use principle and the same people who manage taxpayer funding within the sciences will also control the flow of information and ideas. When foundational theory is thrown into question, a publicly supported jobs program will typically resort to science by news release. Its advocates will seek to maintain an illusion, to suggest that "all is well in our science." But what if facts discovered by their own scientists challenge the cover story from start to finish? That's when the program's Inquisitors will resort to "copyright infringement" claims, seeking to deny public access to data and images gathered at taxpayer expense.
YouTube is a huge enterprise, and it's understandable that copyright and fair use issues are left almost entirely to an automated system. To move beyond the automated process may require litigation. Our own intent is to go to court if necessary. The essential contribution of fact-based criticism in the sciences REQUIRES the fair use principle, and the documentary in question is the poster child for fair use—an ideal opportunity to test well-established but often-ignored provisions of the law. (See our forthcoming report.)
In the meantime, we've now placed the documentary here, since Vimeo is the leading alternative to YouTube, particularly for communities exploring challenges to institutionalized theory:
If you have any doubt as to the objective value of this documentary, we invite you to review this factual presentation (still in its original form for critical review prior to the final edit). Please speak up for the essential principles of fair use and fair play—wherever you can reach people who care about truth first and not the preservation of cherished dogma in the sciences.
Here, Matt Damon reads from a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience. Matt Damon and his family were lifelong friends of the Zinns.
This performance was part of "The People Speak, Live!" show, featuring Damon, Lupe Fiasco and a cast of Chicago's finest poets, actors, activists, artists, musicians, and writers. The show took place at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, and was produced by Voices of a People's History (peopleshistory.us) in collaboration with Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival (youngchicagoauthors.org).
Here's what Howard Zinn writes about this 1970 speech in his introduction to the full piece in his book Voices of a People's History of the United States, written with Anthony Arnove and first published in 2004 by Seven Stories Press:
"In November 1970, after my arrest along with others who had engaged in a Boston protest at an army base to block soldiers from being sent to Vietnam, I flew to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to take part in a debate with the philosopher Charles Frankel on civil disobedience. I was supposed to appear in court that day in connection with the charges resulting from the army base protest. I had a choice: show up in court and miss this opportunity to explain — and practice — my commitment to civil disobedience, or face the consequences of defying the court order by going to Baltimore. I chose to go. The next day, when I returned to Boston, I went to teach my morning class at Boston University. Two detectives were waiting outside the classroom and hauled me off to court, where I was sentenced to a few days in jail. Here is the text of my speech that night at Johns Hopkins."
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Imagine a oportunidade de mostrar num filme um modo de viver que poucos conhecem e capaz de inspirar tanta gente!
Sonhos, arte, poesia, cooperação, liberdade, revolução, desapego, igualdade, lutas... Sentimentos e ações que muitas vezes reprimimos em razão dos padrões sociais pré-estabelecidos, mas que são vividos intensamente por homens e mulheres que botaram uma mochila nas costas e o pé na estrada.
Mas quem são eles? Como vivem? No que acreditam?
O filme “Malucos de estrada: a reconfiguração do movimento hippie no Brasil” é uma iniciativa inédita que busca esclarecer a sociedade sobre a riqueza de valores deste universo cultural e colocar em discussão o atual processo de repressão que os artesãos vêm sofrendo.
A urgência e relevância em lançar luz sobre esta cultura é que sua sobrevivência e integridade estão seriamente ameaçadas pela invisibilidade social e por certo desconhecimento por parte dos gestores públicos sobre esta realidade.
Acreditamos que este documentário será o ponto de partida para o amplo reconhecimento do maluco de estrada como manifestação cultural específica. Este será um filme lançado pela internet com livre acesso para que se converta num produto da sociedade.
Esse movimento é sobretudo uma luta para que vivamos de fato numa sociedade democrática que conviva com as diferentes visões, interesses e saberes, potencializando ao máximo o bem-estar coletivo.
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Direção: Rafael Lage
Produção: Cyro Almeida
Ass. de produção: Ariane Soares
Câmera: Barnabé, Douglas Resende, Gustavo Policarpo, Moacir Gaspar, Wesley Hudson
Edição de som: Nelson Pombo
Edição de imagem: Flávio Charchar
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