Freedom of Expression®

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 9 pm 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.

Freedom of Expression Screening and Q&A with Creators
Sponsored by Free Culture @ NYU, NYU ACM, and WiNC
Free and Open to the Public (bring ID if non-NYU)
Thursday, January 31, 2008
9:00 pm
NYU’s Courant Institute
Room #109
251 Mercer Street b/w Bleecker and W. 4th

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

About the documentary:

In 1998, university professor Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase “freedom of expression” — a startling comment on the way that intellectual property law can restrict creativity and the expression of ideas.  This provocative and amusing documentary explores the battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of our cultural commons. Based on McLeod’s award-winning book of the same title, Freedom of Expression® charts the many successful attempts to push back the assault on free expression by overzealous copyright holders.

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