Open Source: Not A Valuable Business Model For Movies?

Can film makers use principles known from open source software to produce their works and make a living while doing so? That’s the question Tim Baumann set out to explore when he began producing his first feature film Valkaamaa in October of 2006. Baumann published version 1.0 of the movie online this week, where users can now download it for free, ready to watch and remix.

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For Baumann, this three-year process wasn’t just about making a movie. He also used Valkaamaa as a testbed for his dissertation in computer science that dealt with ways that filmmakers can utilize open source strategies. So what’s his final take after more than three years of open source film making? Bauman seemed skeptical: “It looks like hardly anyone is going to be able to live off of this, much less build a valuable business.”

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