Crowdsourcing Indie Movies

75 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012 Last revised: 26 Nov 2012

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Henry H. Perritt

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology

Date Written: October 19, 2012


Internet-centered technology developments are revolutionizing the ways in which movies can be made. The use of crowdsourcing to make indie movies is a possibility that has not yet been explored fully, although the use of crowdsourcing to raise money for artistic works is growing. Crowdsourcing can be used for every step of making a movie, increasing the range of collaboration available to creators and reducing capital requirements. The article uses a fictional account of a team of young moviemakers to explain how they can use crowdsourcing for each step of making their movie, considering what plans they should make for crowdsourcing, the available Web-based and software tools, and the business and legal issues that arise from that use of crowdsourcing. It concludes by identifying desirable technology developments and legal reform.

Keywords: Internet, technology, crowdsourcing, indie movies, moviemaking, developments, legal reform, collaboration, contracting, business

JEL Classification: K12, K20, K21, K31, K39, L82

Suggested Citation

Perritt, Henry H., Crowdsourcing Indie Movies (October 19, 2012). Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-17. Available at SSRN: or

Henry H. Perritt (Contact Author)

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