Posted by: cinemagodardcinema | September 14, 2010

“There is no such thing as intellectual property”

So says Godard. And he put his money where his mouth is by donating one thousand Euros to the legal defense of James Climent, accused of downloading 13,788 MP3s. This act of generosity comes as no surprise from the man whose films are rife with quotations from other works of art. Indeed, the “script” of Nouvelle Vague, perhaps his best film of the 90s, is made up of little more than quotations from literature, philosophy, prose, and other films, and his recent work combines images from other works into commentary all his own. Godard’s work brings up an interesting question: Can the image, ostensibly of the world, be considered “property”?

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