I watched Sintel, an open source short film. During the buzz of the release I thought, “An open source movie? How the hell…” I downloaded it off a torrent so that I could feel like I was stealing, just like all of the other movies I steal. The intro screamed of awesomeness — battles for power, fights to the death! What is this super cool ninja struggle for? Why isn’t that hot bitch taking her clothes off while she fights in the snow?
I was pumped the first 110 seconds of the movie, then it was all downhill from there. It was completely retarded! Something about a bleeding heart liberal agenda for saving injured animals, with a guilt trip ending about mistaken enemy identity. (Disguised as a cheesy morality play)
This really mirrors my experiences with crappy open source software. “WOW, OMG PONIES! Something free and awesome at the same time!” Then a big let down after you experience the quality of the product. Sintel reminded me of the Final Fantasy movie with slightly cheesier graphics, and a Sesame Street plot. I guess that means open source movies are 10 years behind in technology, and 25 years behind in content.
But hey, it’s open source right? I can do whatever the hell I want with this movie! All I need is 8,000 hours of free time to spare. I’m going to make my own porno, called Pimptel! It’ll have this skinny bitch as the main character:
She’s going to do everything naughty I can imagine. It’ll be distasteful, and incredibly funny. Pimptel will be part Final Fantasy and part Japanese RapeLay with sprinklings of HBO’s Rome and World of Warcraft. She’ll take a pounding in the butt from Roman Titus Pullo, then get sloppy seconds from an Orc. The baby dragon model will be involved too. And maybe a few chickens.
Is this degrading to the movie? Of course! But that’s what open source is all about. Anyone can take a product, rape it, and probably arrive at greater success than the original developer. *cough* *cough* MySQL *cough* *cough*. I’m not providing an opinion on whether this is good or bad, it’s just a choice made by the original content creator. You can enjoy the (cheap) popularity of making something for the public, or enjoy a rich, full life by selling intellectual property rights.
(Extended Caveat: I realize advertising can be a big revenue maker for open source projects like this… but I believe anything with a primary cash flow from advertising is a shitty business model to begin with. But that’s another blag post.)