Thursday, July 08, 2004

John Fucile is a Canadian filmmaker living in the U.S. In Sept of 2003 he was arrested for selling DVDs of his own movies on the streets of New York. He claimed free speech rights, but the authorities wouldn't buy it and prosecuted. In court they claimed his work was neither artistic nor worthy of First Amendment protection. Recently, Judge Melissa C. Jackson ruled in favor of the filmmaker, saying visual art is a protected form of expression. Braintrust has a nice interview with Mr. Fucile, asking him about his motivation and what he thinks about the direction of technology.


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