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Copyright Is Brain Damage, Freedom of Speech Begins at Home: Nina Paley Speaks at TEDxMaastricht.

This 18-minute talk is by far the best explanation I've seen yet of why you should question copyright.

In the last few years, I've watched QCO Artist-in-Residence Nina Paley refine her message about the harm of copyright and permission culture. Now it's the most direct and most effective it's ever been. If you want just one video to show people to explain to them what this movement is about, let this be the one. Nina tells an appreciative audience why she had to set her mind free in order to make art, and shows some wonderful clips from her next film Seder-Masochism — a film that simply couldn't be made within the permission culture that Nina diagnoses so eloquently:


Nina Paley's "Ask Me Anything" at Reddit -- Art, Truth, Copyright, Censorship.

Nina PaleyQCO Artist-in-Residence Nina Paley did an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit today, for "Fair Use" Week:

"Cartoonist, animator, and activist Nina Paley here to talk about making art and fair use!"

She was joined by lawyer Sherwin Siy of Public Knowledge.

My favorite exchange from the AMA:

Q: Hi Nina! Big fan of Sita Sings the Blues. As you may probably be aware, the right-wing moral policing is at an all time high in India. What are your thoughts on censorship and its implications on artists?

A: Censorship: all the more reason to keep my work Free, open and decentralized. Centralized distribution is easy to censor. Decentralized distribution is impossible to censor.

Q: Is there such a thing as good censorship?


See the full AMA here.



Having released the widely-acclaimed film Sita Sings the Blues under a free license (and with financial support from many fans via our Sita Distribution Project), our Artist-in-Residence Nina Paley is now working on her next animated film, Seder-Masochism (see previews farther down):

Seder-Masochism, Nina Paley's next project.

To support Nina's work, please choose a donation level below. Donations go to our Artist-in-Residence Working Fund, which supports the creation and distribution of new works of art by our Artist-in-Residence under licence terms that respect everyone's freedoms to copy, share, show, and extend the work. Your donations are tax-deductible in the United States, as is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Mensch $1+ Big thanks!
Prophet $100+ Your name in the credits.
Cherub $500+ Name in credits, in a larger font.
Seraph $1000+ A message of your choice* in phonetic hieroglyphics in background of a scene in the film, plus your name in the credits.
Angel $2000+ A message of your choice* in Hebrew in background of a scene in the film, plus your name in the credits.
Archangel $5000+ All of the above, plus lunch or dinner with Nina.

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Copying is not theft hieroglyrics.

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