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Winner of The Michael Jackson Monument Design Competition [copyright]

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70 years from the moment Jackson died, the (virtual) billboard can freely blast his songs… (via)

“Wolverine: Origins” workprint released by eager beaver [p2p]

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A DVD workprint of Wolverine: Origins, aka “Leg Shaving Wolverine” according to IMDB has reportedly appeared across the interwebs after an internal leak made a nono.

Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine is currently slated for a May 1, 2009 release date in the U.S., but unfortunately, it looks like a few people might be getting their hands on the film a bit earlier than intended. Reports are pouring in that a full-length, DVD-quality workprint of the film has been leaked onto the internet and is quietly making its way across various bittorrent sites and other unsavory online venues. According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix, who has evidently seen parts of the video file, the copy is “near-finished…marred only by a few unfinished FX shots.” In addition, “there’s no timecode, no watermark…nothing. It’s a clean, perfect copy.”

This is perhaps the biggest leak for a major tentpole release in recent memory. Leaving aside the well-known phenomenon of Oscar screener leaks, workprint leaks have certainly happened in the past. For example, Eli Roth’s Hostel 2 leaked onto the internet several weeks before its release (in that situation, Roth was furious and blamed the leak for the film’s weak box office performance). Other films such as Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Michael Moore’s Sicko also experienced similar issue. However, those films were all relatively small compared to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film which 20th Century Fox was probably betting on to help revive its recent lackluster box office performance.

The film’s production has already been plagued by bad buzz, and with a fairly pristine copy of the film floating around for consumption by the very audience the film is targeted at, it will all probably combine to have a dramatic and negative impact on this film’s opening and overall box office performance.  via slashfilm

This is really historic people… this workprint, besides infuriating Hollywood and employing a lot of copyright lawyers, will teach millions of people about the sticks and strings and façades that turn $150 milion dollars into something watchable. This version will likely be the first $100 mill put to work, and everyone will see just what was made without the help of CGI/post production graphics work.

For more coverage, head on over to TorrentFreak

And read this inside scoop on the ‘porous’ nature of production houses.

The Final word on the AP vs. Fairey case [copyright]

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It should come as no surprise that Shephard Fairey’s poster counts as fair use. Jonathan Melber lays down some more reasons why the AP’s case against him is groundless. [via]:

And the other “fair use” factors? Well, Fairey didn’t harm the commercial value of Garcia’s photograph–he vastly increased it. Danziger Projects, a contemporary gallery in New York City, is selling a limited edition of the original picture, signed by Garcia, for $1200 each. (The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has already bought one for its permanent collection.)

So why is the AP acting like it has a case? Because juries are unpredictable, copyright law is confusing and defending a copyright lawsuit is extremely expensive. So powerful companies like the AP don’t necessarily care whether they would win. They know that most artists cannot afford to hire lawyers, and that even the ones who can will probably prefer to settle out of court than get dragged through three years of litigation.

Shephard Fairey has donated all revenues from his project (as far as I’ve heard) to charities.