Everyone pays for my art.

They pay attention.

Attention being the most valuable, and most limited, resource there is for humans. It’s more limited than money; you can’t just print more. People don’t “consume” art, they attend to it.

Meanwhile, here’s a little thing on Sita’s distribution model in the Wall Street Journal.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

5 thoughts on “Everyone pays for my art.”

  1. Hi Nina,

    I just recently (yesterday) found out about Sita Sings the Blues on the archive.org website. I watched some of it there, downloaded it, and watched it today. WOW! I love it! I also appreciate your sharing it. (I plan on making a donation, when I figure my google account out, and will make a purchase of the DVD on amazon.)

    You have interesting ideas about copyright and I’m trying to learn more about your stance on this. As a musician, I’m often horrified by the amount of piracy going on, but I know there’s a middle ground where things would be best to be open to free distribution.

    As artists, isn’t there a need to protect what we create? Your Sita animation, for example. Surely you wouldn’t be supportive of someone taking your artwork and profiting from it. If I start making T-shirts of your images, it just wouldn’t be ethically right. So how do we balance the need to protect what is ours with the desire to get it seen/heard by the masses?

    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Sita. As an “almost practicing” Buddhist, I’m familiar with most of these Hindu stories and I think you did an excellent job setting it to film. (Are there any plans for other Hindu stories? I think Krishna would make an excellent subject!)

    I also very much like your art.

    Wishing you the best!


    David Miller

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