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    FreePixel looks at video games as part of the moving image culture. Games are not movies. But games use moving image tradition in their presentation. That is why FreePixel offers a critical look at games and their expressive qualities that grow from the use of the moving image.


    [April 8th, 2009]

    Play Machinima Law

    Posted by Michael

    Not a festival but possibly an even more important machinima event held at the Stanford Law School from April 24-25. Here is the official announcement:

    …It has been hailed as the art form of the 21st century.
    …It is redefining music videos.
    …And reinventing the videogame.
    …It might be the future of cinema.

    But there’s a catch: if you make machinima, you might be breaking the law.

    Or are you? Find out at the Stanford University “Play Machinima Law” event from April 24-25, 2009.

    This two-day conference will cover key issues associated with player-generated, computer animated cinema that is based on 3D game and virtual world environments. Speakers include machinima artists/players, legal experts, commercial game developers, theorists, and more. Topics include: game art, game hacking, open source and “modding,” player/consumer-driven innovation, cultural/technology studies, fan culture, legal and business issues, transgressive play, game preservation, and notions of collaborative co-creation drawn from virtual worlds and online games. Films will be shown throughout the conference, including: Douglas Grayeton’s Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator by and Joshua Diltz’ Mercy of the Sea.

    Register now at


    Julie Ahrens
    Associate Director of the Fair Use Project at the Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

    Matteo Bittanti
    Associate Researcher, Stanford Humanities Lab, Stanford University

    Mimi Calter
    Stanford University

    Roxanne Christ
    Partner, Latham Watkins

    JoAnn Covington
    Electronic Arts

    Joseph DeLappe
    Machinima Artist

    Douglas Gayeton
    Machinima Artist

    Lauren Gelman
    Executive Director, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

    Clint Hackleman

    Sean F. Kane
    Manager, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Drakeford & Kane LLC

    Kari Kraus
    Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

    Henry Lowood
    Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections; Film & Media Collections, Stanford University Libraries

    Jerome McDonough
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Shane M. McGee
    Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

    Mark Methenitis
    Vernon Law Group

    Michael Nitsche
    Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Matthew Skelton

    Bernadette Swanson
    Reference & Instruction Librarian, UC Davis

    Jennifer Urban
    Clinical Associate Professor Of Law; Director, Intellectual Property And Technology Law Clinic, University of Southern California Law School

    Fred von Lohman
    Senior Staff Attourney, Electronic Frontier Foundation


    Comment from Michael
    Time: July 18, 2009, 12:35 pm

    The videos of the conference have been uploaded:


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