Inherent Vice Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright

ISBN-10: 0822343762
ISBN-13: 9780822343769
Edition: 2009
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Description: In an age of digital technology and renewed anxiety about media piracy,Inherent Vicerevisits the recent analog past with an eye-opening exploration of the aesthetic and legal innovations of home video. Analog videotape was introduced to consumers as  More...

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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In an age of digital technology and renewed anxiety about media piracy,Inherent Vicerevisits the recent analog past with an eye-opening exploration of the aesthetic and legal innovations of home video. Analog videotape was introduced to consumers as a blank format, essentially as a bootleg technology, for recording television without permission. The studios initially resisted VCRs and began legal action to oppose their marketing. In turn, U.S. courts controversially reinterpreted copyright law to protect users' right to record, while content owners eventually developed ways to exploit the video market. Lucas Hilderbrand shows how videotape and fair use offer essential lessons relevant to contemporary progressive media policy. Videotape not only radically changed how audiences accessed the content they wanted and loved, but also altered how they watched it. Hilderbrand develops an aesthetic theory of analog video, an "aesthetics of access" most boldly embodied by bootleg videos. He contends that the medium specificity of videotape becomes most apparent through repeated duplication, wear, and technical failure; video's visible and audible degeneration signals its uses toward legal transgressions and illicit pleasures. Bringing formal and cultural analysis into dialogue with industrial history and case law, Hilderbrand revisits four decades of often overlooked histories of video recording, including the first network news archive, the underground circulation ofSuperstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a feminist tape-sharing network, and the phenomenally popular Web site YouTube. This book reveals the creative uses of videotape that have made essential content more accessible and expanded our understanding of copyright law.Inherent Viceis a politically provocative, unabashedly nostalgic ode to analog.

Lucas Hilderbrand is associate professor of film and media studies and queer studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013) and Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright as well as numerous essays on queer media histories. He is currently researching a book on the history of gay bars in the US. He lives in Los Angeles.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Videotape and Copyright
Introduction: The Aesthetics of Access
Diasporic Asian Video Markets in Orange County
Be Kind, Rewind: The Histories and Erotics of Home Video
Chiller Theatre Toy, Model, and Film Expo
The Fairest of Them All? Home Video, Copyright, and Fair Use
Case Studies
The Revolution Was Recorded: Vanderbilt Television News Archive, Copyright in Conflict, and the Making of TV History
Experimental Film on Video: A Frameworks Debate
Grainy Days and Mondays: Superstar and Bootleg Aesthetics
Tape Art
Joanie and Jackie and Everyone They Know: Video Chainletters as Feminist Community Network
Epilogue: YouTube: Where Cultural Memory and Copyright Coverge
Timeline
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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