Help Wanted: Can Your Servers Host a Feature Film?

Distributing 'Sita Sings The Blues' Worldwide

Film-maker Nina Paley is close to having her award-winning feature film Sita Sings The Blues out of copyright jail and onto the Internet for free, decentralized distribution.

Our goal is to have the entire film available online by Saturday, March 7th.

We'll need some "seed" sites to host it: Internet servers with the capacity to offer around 10 GB of data for public download (so we can make the film available at various resolutions). If you or your institution has the bandwidth and storage for that, please contact us. We'll work out a way to get the data to you.

Night Of The Living Dead Business Model

Nina Paley came up with a great phrase about the music and movie industries the other day: "It's like Night of the Living Dead Business Model", she said.

Now comes her reaction to today's New York Times article Digital Pirates Winning Battle With Major Hollywood Studios:

Night Of The Living Dead Business Model

Knowing Nina, I'm sure she's fine with it being reproduced here — and anywhere else on the Internet. Go for it, folks :-). (Use her large version of the poster if you want.)

I've written a letter to the Times in response to the article, pointing out how there's no need to adopt the industry's terminology (e.g., "stealing") when discussing the issue, and mentioning how copyright primarily subsidizes (non-Internet) distribution rather than creation.

Come to our New York City meeting, Monday, Feb. 2

New York, Central Park

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 projects and how you can get involved. Refreshments will be served.

  • Who: Nina Paley (artist in residence), Karl Fogel (editor), you and all your friends who want to do something about precambrian copyright restrictions.

If you know you're coming, please let us know. It's also okay to just show up at 6:30pm. If you'd like to come but that night doesn't work for you, tell us — we'll arrange to meet with you another time.

They can't keep a lid on all of us...

They Can't Keep A Lid On It


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