Sita almost free!

Chris Carlson of Diamond Time sends this news:

“we are all approved across the boards with the exception of Memory
Lane Music, who only have a small piece of the song, Mean to Me.”

It will take many months to actually get the contracts from them, and I still need to raise about $45,000 to pay for this limited permission, but films are customarily released right after approvals; Sita Sings the Blues is more or less decriminalized at this point. So it’s time to release her! I have to update the credits and sound designer Greg Sextro is doing some final tweaking of the audio, but we’re hoping to have the film online and

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Sita @ 92Y Tribeca Feb. 4

Wed, Feb , 2009, 8:00pm
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street

I’ll be there!

Wed, Feb , 2009, 8:00pm 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street I’ll be

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QuestionCopyright New York City meeting, Monday, Feb. 2

I will be at this meeting! questioncopyright.org:

We’re holding a New York City area informational meeting on Monday. If you’d like to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved, please come!

We’ll focus on the Sita Distribution Project, and a couple of other exciting projects that are ready for more hands. Students, we’re open to offering credit if we can work it out with your school.

When: Monday, 2 February 2009, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Software Freedom Law Center, 1995 Broadway, 17th floor (cross street is 68th; take [A,B,C,D,1] to 59th / Columbus Circle, or [1,2,3] to 72nd, or [1] to 66th; see map)
What: Learn about current QuestionCopyright.org projects and how you

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Duke University tonight – January 26

M Jan 26 Griffith ( 6pm-6:45pm) | Special Events – prelude to the 7pm screening!
‘Face to Face’ — A public dialogue about copyright, public domain, and filmmaking with public domain expert Jennifer Jenkins and independent filmmaker Nina Paley

M Jan 26  Griffith

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Win a Dream* Date with Nina(tm)

above: at a different glamorous, star-studded award thing

I’ve been nominated for a Spirit Award, and I’m auctioning off a DREAM* DATE allowing the lucky winner to attend the glamorous**, star-studded*** Spirit Awards with me. Bidding closes Jan-29-09 19:42:45 PST.

Date: February 21, 2009
Arrivals: 11:30am
Lunch: 12:30 pm
Ceremony: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles

Age, race, caste, gender, orientation, marital status no bar. Getting in usually costs at least $2,500 per person.
This is part of a fundraising drive to get my award-winning feature film, Sita Sings the Blues, out of copyright jail.

The lucky winner will get to prance down the Red Carpet with me (photographers! paparazzi! none of whom will know

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Sita on WNET-Channel 13

 

Sita Sings the Blues is going to be broadcast on New York PBS station WNET Channel 13 on They haven’t chosen the exact date yet, but it will be sometime in March Saturday March 7 at 10:45pm on the series Reel13.

PBS enjoys a special privilege among broadcasters: they can legally broadcast music without having to clear individual master or synchronization licenses. That means even while Sita is in copyright jail, she can still legally air on PBS. WNET is hoping to be the first of many PBS affiliates to air the film. You can write or call your local PBS affiliate and ask them to broadcast Sita too!

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Copyright and Film Criticism

Alienating film critics seems like a very bad move for Hollywood, but that’s not stopping them:

YouTube vs. Kevin B. Lee

“When the history of intellectual property law is written, January 12, 2009 should be marked as a decisive moment. It was the day that my friend, fellow House Next Door contributor and sometime filmmaking partner Kevin B. Lee saw his entire archive of critical video essays deleted by YouTube on grounds that his work violated copyright.” more…

Alienating film critics seems like a very bad move for Hollywood, but that’s not stopping them: YouTube vs. Kevin B. Lee “When the history of intellectual property law

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Copyleft is not Communism

If you communalize my tractor, I don’t have it any more. If you copy it, we both have one.

If you communalize my tractor, I don’t have it any more. If you copy it, we both have

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Lessig and Colbert

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The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Lawrence Lessig

Colbert at ChristmasColbert Christmas DVD
Green ScreenBill O’Reilly Interview

Colbert is excellent here. “Remember, NO REMIXING!”

The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Lawrence Lessig Colbert at ChristmasColbert Christmas DVD Green ScreenBill O’Reilly Interview Colbert is excellent here. “Remember, NO

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James Kochalka’s “Sita”

Like this isn’t the coolest thing ever: Sita’s first “derivative work”! There she is, in an American Elf comic by James Kochalka! Seeing this comic was a “really so amazing” huge honor for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing more “derivative works” in the future.

Like this isn’t the coolest thing ever: Sita’s first “derivative work”! There she is, in an American Elf comic by James Kochalka! Seeing this comic was a “really

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BoingBoing

boingy-doing-doing

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Donatin’ for Sita

Want to donate to the Sita Distribution Project and help get Sita Sings the Blues out of “copyright jail”? Questioncopyright.org is the project’s new Fiscal Sponsor. Donate through them and get a 100% tax writeoff! And the project will get 100% of your donation (minus only what Google Checkout skims).

A word about credits in the film. I’d love to include the name of everyone who donates, and small donations help a lot and are most welcome. But I’m realizing that the names will have to be illegibly tiny to include all of them; or else the credits will go on and on and on and on, which means broadcasters will cut

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The Nina’s Adventures Copyleft Project

It’s time to copyleft ALL of my old Nina’s Adventures comics! But the thought of digging through all those old drawings, re-scanning them, cleaning them up in Photoshop and uploading them to archive.org, is more than I can bear. That’s why I’m looking for (a) smart, trustworthy, dedicated volunteer(s) in New York to do it for me. You will need:

a high-resolution tabloid-sized flatbed scanner or a quality book scanner
time
Photoshop (or similar graphics editor) skillz
a decent web connection
an excellent reputation and/or references

You will get:

my gratitude
other peoples’ gratitude
a good story to impress your friends
college credit if you can arrange it

You’ll be handling 14″ x 11″ rare, original, one-of-a-kind Nina’s Adventures drawings, in

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not ALL problems can be solved by eating babies!

As an audience member, I too feel obligated to pass on bits of culture I like. So today I’m fulfilling my civic duty by sharing with you Wonderella. Enjoy.

As an audience member, I too feel obligated to pass on bits of culture I like. So today I’m fulfilling my civic duty by sharing with you Wonderella.

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