The right to copy granted to publishers to exploit commercially, original works of art on behalf of authors for a limited period appeared to stem creativity itself. Piracy was the retaliation. Partners in Crime takes a wide angled view to the puzzling questions of who is the author, who is the collector and archivist, who is the publisher and who is the pirate.
Partners in Crime
Director: Paromita Vohra
English (subtitled); 94 min; 2011; India
Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Are alternative artists who want to hold rights over their art and go it alone in the market visionaries or nutcases? Is the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration a cop-out or a whole other way of looking at the fluid nature of authorship? Who owns a song—the person who made it or the person who paid for it? When more than three fourths of those with an internet connection download all sorts of material for free, are they living out a brand new cultural freedom—or are they criminals?
Full of wicked irony, great music and thorny questions Partners in Crime explores the grey horizons of copyright and culture during times when technology is changing the contours of the market.