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Free Screening of New Copyright Documentary + Negativland Shorts, at NYU!

In cooperation with the Media Education Foundation and La Lutta, Free Culture @ NYU is screening Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property at 9pm on Thursday, January 31.

Narrated by Naomi Klein, the film features interviews with Stanford Law’s Lawrence Lessig, Illegal Art Show curator Carrie McLaren, Negativland’s Mark Hosler, UVA media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan, and Free Culture @ NYU co-founder Inga Chernyak, among many others. This 53-minute documentary will be preceded by selections from Negativland’s new DVD, Our Favorite Things, and it will be followed by a Q&A with Freedom of Expression® author and director Kembrew McLeod and co-producer Jeremy Smith.

Visit for more about Freedom of Expression® (including video clips, a Creative Commons-licensed PDF of McLeod’s book, a CC-licensed version of “This Land Is Your Land” by the Mekons’ Jon Langford, an in-depth interview about copyright and culture with novelist Jonathan Lethem, additional educational resources, ordering information, and other fun stuff).

For more info on Negativland’s DVD, visit

Free and Open to the Public (bring ID if non-NYU)

Thursday, January 31, 2008
NYU’s Courant Institute
Room #109, 251 Mercer Street b/w Bleecker and W. 4th


Freedom of Expression® screening at Other Cinema, December 1, 2007, 8:30pm

I am proud to announce that San Francisco's Other Cinema will screen Freedom of Expression® at 8:30pm on Saturday, December 1. Admission is $7.

It is being screened as the first part of a double feature. The second and more interesting program of the night will include several short films, videos and other experimental pieces by sound collage mavericks Negativland. For more information, click here.

The screening coincides with the launch of Negativland’s DVD/CD project, co-produced by Other Cinema Digital and Seeland Records. The albums were created in collaboration with eighteen makers from all over the U.S. (and one a cappella group from Detroit). Famous mixes like Gimme the Mermaid, No Business, Time Zones, Guns, Christianity Is Stupid, Drink It Up, Truth in Advertising, and U2: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For serve as audio ground for new visual collages from the likes of Tim Maloney, Harold Boihem, Mike Cousino, RRoom, and James Gladman. Some band members will be in attendance for a short LIVE performance on “boopers,” their homemade feedback oscillators.


Freedom of Expression® debuts at CounterCorp Film Festival

Freedom of Expression® will be screened at the CounterCorp Film Festival on Thursday, October 18, 2007. For more information, click here.


Kembrew interviews Jonathan Lethem

To check out the interview with novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem, click here. Here's the introduction to the interview:

I have long been a fan of Jonathan Lethem -- author of, among many other books, the bestsellers Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. In the spring of 2006 our paths crossed for the first time at an academic conference. During the event, I nervously approached him to introduce myself and give him a copy of my book, Freedom of Expression®, which prompted Lethem to reach in his bag and pull out his own dog-eared copy. This was pretty much the last thing I was expecting from that interaction, given that I’m a relatively obscure scholar of intellectual property law.

It turned out that Lethem was reading about copyright, culture, and creativity in preparation for what became “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism,” his well-received essay published by Harper’s in early 2007. In it, he used the words of other writers, including some of mine, without quotation marks to craft what he refers to as “a giant piece of appropriation art.”

A year after our first meeting, I sat down with him for a long and winding exchange about rock ‘n’ roll, Pop Art, Kathy Acker, comic books, painting, time travel, and fair use, to name a few of the seemingly disparate subjects we covered.

At the end of our talk, I had Lethem sign my copy of his new book, You Don’t Love Me Yet. Later, when I opened it, I was amused to read his inscription—which he borrowed from Abbie Hoffman—“For Kembrew, Steal This Book!”

It seemed appropriate, given the nature of our conversation.

To read the interview, click here.



New On the Site

Free Creative Commons licensed cover of "This Land Is Your Land" by Jon Langford, of the Mekons.

For more info, email Kembrew

Check It!

The DVD version of Freedom of Expression® is out now, available through the Media Education Foundation.


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The paperback book version of Freedom of Expression® is out!


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