Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not an Insider? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

A View from Henry Jenkins

Filmmaker Arrested, Acquitted For Selling His Own Movies

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….

  • May 23, 2004

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.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Online Only.
  • Insider Online Only {! insider.prices.online !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Unlimited online access including articles and video, plus The Download with the top tech stories delivered daily to your inbox.

    See details+

    Unlimited online access including all articles, multimedia, and more

    The Download newsletter with top tech stories delivered daily to your inbox

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.