1. Culture Always Builds on the Past – The U.S. Registrar of Copyrights is shown the process of creating a “mash up.” Brett then introduces point one of the manifesto, showing us how music has evolved from the cotton fields to the dance floor. Do you believe there are forms of music that are not built on past works? General: Do you think you can argue your creativity when it’s based on other people’s work?

2. Asking Permission – Brett introduces the concept of music publishing and the complexities that go into legally clearing a sample. The film claims that the current system of creating sample‐based music is cumbersome and financially out of reach for the majority of musicians. What kind of system could you create that would be fair to the artist(s) being sampled and the artist doing the sampling?

3. The Past Tries to Control the Future – We are taken through the reasons why copyright laws were invented. We see how, as technology advances, laws – with the original intent to balance innovation with payment for authors – change. Copyright laws were originally intended to encourage people to create. Do you think that intention has changed in recent years?

4. Preachers, Lawyers and Criminals – Stanford professor and copyright activist, Lawrence Lessig takes a look at some of the people labeled criminals and asks if it benefits society. Brett also introduces the idea of “fair use.” If you share music illegally, do your parents know? What do you think their view on this is? Would their opinions differ if you purchased a CD or DVD and “remixed” it?

5. Lawrence Lessig states that copyright extremism “does harm” to developing nations. What do you think he means by this? What do these laws and policies affect beyond music and media?

6. Our Culture Is Becoming Less Free – Brett asks a group of teenagers being lectured by the RIAA, “How many of you, when you’re downloading music off the Internet think that you’re stealing it?” How would you answer that question and why?

7. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), represent 90 percent of media holdings in the United States. What effect do you think this majority of power has on culture in North America or the World?

8. The MPAA gave RIP! A Remix Manifesto a rating of…
a. PG
b. NR
c. R
d. PG-13
e. NC-17

9. RIP! A Remix Manifesto came out in…
a. 2009
b. 2008
c. 2007
d. 2010
e. 2005

10. Was RIP! A Remix Manifesto given any Oscars?

a. No
b. Yes

11. Who is the main DJ featured in RIP! A Remix Manifesto?

a. DJ Q-Bert
b. DJ Babu
c. DJ Jester, The Filipino Fist
d. Girl Talk
e. Chicken George

12. What is #2 of the Remix Manifesto?

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