OK, I need a new web master. My current one is too overwhelmed to fix all the problems Media Temple has been causing, and move me to a new host. I put all my work out for free, and generate no direct income from my sites (no ads) but they are necessary for the Free Culture I so espouse. Anyone want to donate web mastering/tech help to Sita Sings the Blues, Mimi & Eunice, and ninapaley.com? Help me move and I’ll buy you a pizza….
The Public Domain may not be growing (thanks to endless retroactive copyright term extensions) but it still contains a “whopping plentitude.” The biggest challenge to users is simply discovering PD works in the first place. Fortunately the Open Knowledge Foundation (one of the best Free Culture organizations anywhere) has just given everyone a leg up with its new web site, the Public Domain Review. From their About page:
The Public Domain Review aspires to become a bounteous gateway into the whopping plenitude that is the public domain, helping our readers to explore this rich terrain by surfacing unusual and obscure works, and offering fresh reflections and unfamiliar angles on material which is more well known.
Go there to find all kinds of delicious images, texts, sounds, and other treasures that, thanks to our collective cultural amnesia, are as fresh and exciting as anything Big Media tries forcing down our throats today.
Some people love Sita Sings the Blues enough to devote time and energy (and probably money!) to protesting it in public. My movie is now in the same league as the paintings of the late M. F. Hussein. I have arrived.
Related: Aseem Chhabra on Sita Sings the Blues and free speech, in the Mumbai Mirror.