According to the English Wikipedia, a “Lip dub” is:

…a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. There is often some form of mobile audio device used such as an iPod. Often, they look like simple music videos, although many involve a lot of preparation and are well produced. The most popular lip dubs are done in a single unedited shot that often travels through different rooms and situations in, say, an office building. They have become popular with the advent of mass participatory video content sites like YouTube.

The following video is an example of a Lib Dub, created by students at the University of Quebec at Montreal. They used the Black Eyed Peas song, “I’ve Got a Feeling” to create this. It’s had over 2.7 million views on YouTube since publication a year ago in September.

The “Lip Dub” WikiPedia article cite’s a 2007 post by Tom Johnson in which he identified four characteristics for an outstanding Lib Dub. They are:

  1. spontaneity
  2. authenticity
  3. participation
  4. fun

Here is another Lib dub example, which Tom analyzed in his post. This is “Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger.” It has also had over two million views on Vimeo since it was published 3 years ago.

Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.

The University Lib Dub Project has lots of other example videos, and the project is open for new contributions.

Videos like this would certainly invite interesting discussions about copyright, intellectual property rights, remixing, and fair use among school librarians. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to hearing what Joyce Valenza, Mathew Needleman, and other presenters have to say about copyright issues in presentations for this year’s K-12 Online Conference.

The Washington Post’s article, “Office Drones, Lip-Sync Your Heart Out” shared information about Lib dub videos two years ago, but somehow I’ve never heard of this UGC video genre until today. Hat tip to Scott McLeod and the CASTLE link list from Nebraska TAG for sharing this.

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3 Responses to I’ve Got a Feeling we’ll see more Lip Dubs like this one

  1. Mathew says:

    One of the considerations of fair use is the potential impact on the original work. I tend to think that these examples help sell copies of the original song more than detract from it.

  2. Lipdub says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for your post, it is an interesting one because you highlight important questions about this phenomen (copyright, intellectual property rights, remixing, and fair use). As Lipdub proffessionals since 3 years, we will like to be part of the discussion when it arise πŸ˜‰
    By the way, did you know already our new English Lipdub Website (http://www.lipdub.eu ) ?
    All the Best, Bertrand

  3. Jason Kern says:

    What I find most compelling about these types of videos is all the pre-production that must go into producing them. It is so hard to get students to buy into the fact that the most important part of a video is the planning that goes into it. If I was still in the classroom this would be one of my first assignments (probably the second so they could see the difference) so maybe they would realize the concept of trash in-trash out.
    The idea of copyright will be one of the most interesting in the next 5 years for sure.

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