Speaker – Nina Paley

Travels From: New York City
Topics: Free Culture, Censorship, Copyright, Open Knowledge, Art, Comics, Animation, Peer to Peer Sharing as Culture

Nina Paley is an accomplished filmmaker, cartoonist, animator, and free culture activist. Over her 20 plus year career, she has produced internationally syndicated comic strips and award-winning films that have screened at such acclaimed film festivals as the Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Sundance. The ordeal Nina faced trying to get music clearances for the public domain music she used in her feature film Sita Sings The Blues had a profound effect on her and inspired her to commit herself to employing free culture principles in her own work and to encourage other creatives to do the same. See this March 2011 article from The Epoch Times to read about Nina’s experience.

See excerpts from a speech Nina delivered at the 2010 H.O.P.E. Conference below:

Nina is available to talk about many issues related to her experience as a working free culture artist. Recent topics have included:

  • Sita Sings the Blues
  • Free Culture Principles
  • How to Free Your Work
  • Cultural Mash-ups
  • Censorship
  • Art and Freedom
  • Copyright Law and Its Alternatives
  • Free Culture and Free Software


Colleges & Universities

  • Grinnell College
  • Bucknell University
  • University of Chicago
  • Duke University
  • Boston University
  • American University
  • University of Iowa
  • Harvard University
  • Reed College
  • Tulane University
  • Brooklyn College
  • UMBC Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Hampshire College
  • South Dakota State University
  • St. Paul’s School (private high school)
  • F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology)
  • Albright College
  • Queens College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Syracuse University
  • School of Visual Arts
  • SUNY Stonybrook
  • New School University
  • Philadelphia University
  • Baruch College

  • Conferences

  • Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) Berlin – Keynote July 2011
  • University of Pennsylvania IP Law Symposium – panelist March 2011
  • NY Law School, Innovate-Activate UnConference Sept. 2010
  • HOPE Hacker Conference, New York July 2010
  • IP Law Conference Sept. 2010
  • DebConf, NY August 2010
  • Pratt Manhattan – Copy/Right Conference, May 2010
  • CUNY Open Access – Oct 2010
  • NY Comic Con panel, Oct 2010
  • Iona College, New Rochelle NY, IP conference – April 2010
  • Power to the Pixel, London – conference talk, Oct 2009
  • Open Video Conference, NY June 2009
  • O’Reilly Tools of Change conference, NY 2009

    Museums & Arts Centers

  • MoMA NY
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
  • Rubin Museum, NY Century Club, NY
  • Cartoon Art Museum/EFF, San Francisco
  • Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University
  • Symphony Space, NY
  • IFC Film Center, NY
  • 92nd St. Y, NY
  • ToonSeum, Pittsburgh