You can't make this stuff up, folks. Microsoft UK is sponsoring a short film contest, with Ł2,000 worth of equipment vouchers. The theme: Thought Thieves.
"The theme of your film should be about how intellectual property theft affects both individuals and society. Think about it: what would a world look like without protection for intellectual property?"
[hint if you want to win: a glorious flowering of culture, peace and creativity is o-u-t.]
Entries must be 30-45 seconds long and must be in a Windows Media Player-compatible format. Entries must be received by July 1st.
The entry form boilerplate is especially poignant in light of the theme:
"...Should I be selected as a finalist in this competition, I confirm the following:
7. I will formally license on terms acceptable to Microsoft, all intellectual property rights in my film and agree to waive all moral rights in relation to my film if requested to do so..."
The Microsoft Short Film Competition: Thought Thieves [msn.co.uk, via boingboing]
Previously on greg.org: Dependent Filmmaking and The Sponsored Short