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Jon Routson, from Bootlegs, his April 2003 show at Team Gallery, image: From Bootlegs by Jon Routson, image:

If camcorders are illegal, only criminals will have camcorders.

Yesterday, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D for Disney) and John Cornyn (R-Tex, an anagram for T-Rex) held a press screening for their newest starrer, which they said is set for an early 2004 release. It's a pirate fiction fantasy directed by MPAA prexy Jack Valenti. Here's the one-line synopsis:

They are sponsoring legislation that will make it a felony "to use or attempt to use" a video recording device to copy a film in a movie theater.

The first offense would carry up to a five-year jail sentence, with up to ten years imprisonment for the sequel. If your state has a three strikes law--like California--recording a trilogy could get you life.

As if you needed another reason to avoid Matrix Revolutions...

Baltimore-based artist Jon Routson, who uses camcordered copies of movies as his artistic medium
my Times article about video art bootlegging

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting that time.

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