What’s wrong with “streaming” DRM?

Judging from comments here, at Techdirt, and at BoingBoing, there seems to be much confusion about why I don’t want DRM on Sita Sings the Blues. The simplest explanation is this: I am making my film available to all under an open license. Allowing a party to take the benefit of that license, but then limit the rights of downstream users is inconsistent and frustrates the original purpose of the open license — to promote and facilitate access and use of the work.

Some people seem to think DRM is irrelevant on “streaming content.” I was one of them, which is why I was initially so indecisive about the Netflix streaming offer.

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Turning down Netflix

Sita Sing the Blues has a few Endorsed DVD distributors. In addition to QuestionCopyright.org and myself, there’s FilmKaravan, a distribution collective that handles “downstream” deals with VistaIndia and IndiePix. Their distributions are on amazon.com (I get a much smaller percentage from those than from my DVDs, but they reach a much wider market) and Netflix.

In addition to physical DVD rentals, Netflix offers subscribers instant electronic delivery: streaming movies over the Internet to Mac, PC, Wii, PS3 and Xbox players. Many subscribers conveniently find new titles through this service. It’s just the sort of distribution channel that benefits a small film like Sita. They also pay producers, and don’t demand exclusivity. It’s

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New Merch at the Merch Empire!

Handmade silk bags by Ubuntu@Work!
Laxmi Pins and Necklaces!

Women’s Laxmi shirts in “currant”

Stainless steel water bottles!

And lots of other men’s and women’s shirts, DVDs and CDs, and accessories for your scarce-goods-consuming pleasure.

Handmade silk bags by Ubuntu@Work! Laxmi Pins and Necklaces! Women’s Laxmi shirts in “currant” Stainless steel water bottles! And lots of other men’s and women’s shirts, DVDs and

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Sita in L.A.!

Angelinos! SITA SINGS THE BLUES comes to LA for a 1-week engagement on 4/23 at:

The Laemmle Music Hall 3
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, Ca 90211
tel: 310-478-3836

Angelinos! SITA SINGS THE BLUES comes to LA for a 1-week engagement on 4/23 at: The Laemmle Music Hall 3 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, Ca 90211 tel:

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Copying Is Not Theft – Best!

At last, our “official” version of Copying Is Not Theft, with a fab new arrangement by Nik Phelps!

At last, our “official” version of Copying Is Not Theft, with a fab new arrangement by Nik

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Sita #1 rated film on Rotten Tomatoes

Sita Sings the Blues is Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed film of the year. Today, anyway. To preserve this precious moment, I took a screen shot.

Sita Sings the Blues is Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed film of the year. Today, anyway. To preserve this precious moment, I took a screen

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