George Lucas, creator of ‘Star Wars,’ has never hesitated to protect his intellectual property, which is why some call him ‘Lucas the Litigator.’ But this week, his Lucasfilm plans to make clips of ‘Star Wars’ available to fans on the Internet to mash up — meaning to remix however they want — at will.
The clips — about 250 of them, from all six Star Wars movies — will land on the Starwars.com Web site tomorrow, part of this week’s 30th-anniversary celebrations of the release of his hit movie. Working with an easy-to-use editing program from Eyespot Corp. of San Diego, fans can cut, add to and retool the clips. Then they can post their creations to blogs or social-networking sites like MySpace. More clips will come out from time to time over coming months.
I guess we’ll be seeing a lot more videos like this (mildly amusing) one: