Watch me go on and on (and on) about copyright!

See me babble away on my current favorite subject, copyright and what’s wrong with it, over at questioncopyright.org. Here’s a sample:


Yes, the video is squished horizontally, because it was in DV format but uploaded on square pixels (I can’t wait until everyone just uses solid-state progressive-scan cameras). Also the audio is way compressed – it thoundth like I’m lithping. But the ideas come through.

This interview was conducted by Karl Fogel on November 6, 2008, at the Software Freedom Law Center in New York.

5 comments to Watch me go on and on (and on) about copyright!

  • Anthony

    A dear friend of mine who passed away recently would always say there are no more original ideas but would stress the important of context. You can create new interpretations and new context. I was glad to hear you say what you did about the misplaced focus on originality.

    I listened to the interview today while I worked and was incredibly inspired and incredibly frustrated, not only for yourself, but for the long-gone songwriters who probably would have preferred to have future generations singing their songs rather than music companies trading them like commodities.

    Thanks for talking about your experience. I’m sorry as a New Yorker I haven’t been able to see Sita Sings the Blues. Almost every time it’s been screened some logistical issue has pulled me away. I hope some day to finally see it!

  • Tipsy McStagger

    It’s odd to hear you refer to yourself as an artist and what you do as being art. Kind of an arrogant approach to the issue, but whatever.
    It’s really no different than any other person suffering from an actual cognitive or psychological disorder who randomly starts “producing” and then refers to it as art. They can certainly do it. But to be stunned that others “don’t get it” when from their perspective there simply isn’t anything to get it would be arrogant to waive off that view by directly claiming that indeed “they don’t get it”.
    But this arrogance seems consistent with alot of your actions.
    Then there’s your slight against organized religion. Not many things are more arrogant than a self-labeled artist critiquing organized religion for the faults she perceives with it. When the comment made couldn’t have been any less informed and short-sighted.
    But again, you’re good at that. Maybe you should focus your efforts in that direction. If only there existed a handy label for that. Then you could shake off “artist” and wear the other as a more appropriate badge.

  • Tipsy, if you were to see the film, you’d find it much harder to deny that Nina Paley is an artist (you don’t say whether you have or not).

  • Maneesh

    Nina, you have your own trolls now! That is so cool!
    Perhaps the only certificate of a true artist.

  • Mike Caprio

    I should have invited you to the Creative Commons party tonight – they had demos from a few different projects, check this one out: http://www.aviary.com/

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