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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.

* Messages can be up to 20 words. For hieroglyphics, provide the original message in English, to be spelled out phonetically in hieroglyphics. For example, this says "Copying is not theft, stealing a thing leaves one less left, copying it makes one thing more, that's what copying's for.":

Copying is not theft hieroglyrics.

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    In Chicago: "Sita Sings the Blues" Screening @ Columbia College (4:30pm, Thu, Feb 6th)

    The Women+Film student group at Columbia College in Chicago is presenting QCO Artist-in-Residence Nina Paley's film Sita Sings the Blues this Thursday at 4:30pm -- and Nina will be there for Q&A!  Come see a wonderful film, talk to its director, and get the pre-downloaded DVD in person, straight from the source.

    4:30pm, Thursday, 6 February 2014
    1104 S. Wabash Ave.
    Room 502
    (Note: the posters are apparently wrong -- it really is room 502, not 302 as the poster says)

    Poster for 2014-02-06 screening of Sita Sings the Blues at Columbia College Chicago.



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