Select your localized edition:

Close ×

More Ways to Connect

Discover one of our 28 local entrepreneurial communities »

Be the first to know as we launch in new countries and markets around the globe.

Interested in bringing MIT Technology Review to your local market?

MIT Technology ReviewMIT Technology Review - logo

 

Unsupported browser: Your browser does not meet modern web standards. See how it scores »

Whenever I go to Manhattan these days, I run into street vendors who promise to sell me hot new releases which are still in the theaters and who hastily but imperfectly cover their wares whenever a beat cop walks by. The cop, in turn, pretends not to see the transactions which take place.

Given this context, it is a little alarming to hear the story of John Fucile, an award-winning filmmaker and a theorist of digital cinema, who found himself arrested for selling his own movies on the streets of Manhattan. Over the next six months, he would find himself in a heated legal battle during which the prosecutors tried to argue that his films did not constitute artistic expression and did not enjoy First Ammendment protection. In the end, the courts upheld the rights of grassroots media producers and distributors.

Fucile shares some of his experiences in an interview currently posted at Braintrust.

0 comments about this story. Start the discussion »

Reprints and Permissions | Send feedback to the editor

From the Archives

Close

Introducing MIT Technology Review Insider.

Already a Magazine subscriber?

You're automatically an Insider. It's easy to activate or upgrade your account.

Activate Your Account

Become an Insider

It's the new way to subscribe. Get even more of the tech news, research, and discoveries you crave.

Sign Up

Learn More

Find out why MIT Technology Review Insider is for you and explore your options.

Show Me
×

A Place of Inspiration

Understand the technologies that are changing business and driving the new global economy.

September 23-25, 2014
Register »