March 18, 2010

Nina Paley, Copyleftist

As a preview of my epic, long-in-the-making-but-not-posted-yet blogpost on copyright issues, I give a fun preview of the concept of the "copyleftist" - a 'minute meme' from

All Creative Work is Derivative -

Read about the process and ideas behind All Creative Work is Derivative (scroll down past the video).

Nina Paley is a cartoonist and animator who made a feature length animated film called Sita Sings the Blues, which ran into copyright infringement issues. Her reaction was not to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to free it up for traditional distribution, but to let it be open and free to the public at large.

So, carve out the time and go see Sita Sings the Blues (81 minutes). It's free for the viewing, or downloading, and it's good, too.

I can't pretend that I understand yet how she makes money with the Sita Distributtion Model, but I find the whole idea intriguing and I certainly have an open mind on the subject.

Posted by Tom at March 18, 2010 03:58 PM