Nina Kickstarts Again!


After the tremendous success of her first foray into Kickstarter (and the mounting pressure of everyone pestering her to make another movie), our artist-in-residence Nina Paley has returned with a new Kickstarter project, Seder Masochism: Phase I. Nina envisions this as the early stages of a possible (fingers crossed!) new film entitled Seder Masochism, which is to be "an animated movie telling the story of Exodus, narrated by recordings of real Passover Seders."

Check out the video below and support the project if you can!



Newsletter - Summer 2011 Newsletter - Summer 2011


  • Introduction
  • Projects
  • QCO In The News
  • QCO Artist-In-Residence Nina Paley
  • How to Support QCO
  • Further Information


Dear Supporter,

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter.  We hope you like what you see, and are encouraged to take an active part in building a world where freedom from monopoly is the norm.  It's been an active summer at, though we took a little time out for relaxation too. Since newsletters tend to highlight results, one thing not adequately reflected in the individual news items below is the increased volunteer activity at  While we're always grateful for monetary donations -- all of our programs have expenses -- we're also grateful to the many people who have donated their time and skills to a cause they believe in.  If you'd like to be one of them, please see the "How to Support QCO" section below.  Or if you support the cause but don't have time to volunteer, consider displaying one of our link badges.  The more often people see copyright restrictions being questioned, the more acceptable it will be to question copyright!

Karl Fogel
Founder and Executive Director, QuestionCopyright.Org


Nina Paley and Richard M. Stallman at the Pages & Places Book Festival in Scranton, PA


QCO Artist-in- Residence Nina Paley will be speaking on a panel on October 1, 2011 at the Pages & Places Book Festival in Scranton, PA. The panel entitled "Free As In Freedom" will be a lively discussion between Nina and the founder of the free software movement Richard M. Stallman. Considering Richard and Nina haven't seen each other since she issued her Rantifesto, which challenges the reluctance shown by many in the free software community to embrace free culture, it is sure to be a rousing debate! More details here.


GEMA censorship in Germany.

Any German speakers out there want to subtitle this short video by Nina Paley? In it, she tells, in English, how her film Sita Sings the Blues is currently being censored on YouTube Germany by GEMA, the German copyright collection agency (the ominous underworld connotations are unfortunately rather too appropriate in this case...).

EDIT July 15, 2011: Big Thank You to Cristobal for these subtitles!

We'd like to get this message wider circulation in Germany. We'd also appreciate it if GEMA and YouTube Germany would fix whatever misunderstanding caused them to censor the film in the first place! But since this surely isn't the only film that this has happened to, it's still important to spread the message that copyright restrictions inevitably result in censorship.

Note that we have already tried the official YouTube takedown counternotice procedure. It has resulted in exactly zero change: the film remains censored on YouTube Germany.

EDIT July 18, 2011: Hurray! Sita Sings The Blues is now, once again, viewable on German Youtube! Thanks to everyone who spread the word and got the story covered in outlets such as Der Spiegel. To learn more about the film, click on the Sita Distribution button at the top of this page.


Nina Paley to present at OKCon 2011

Nina Paley, artist 

QCO Artist in Residence and Free Culture's favorite cartoonist, Nina Paley, will be presenting at this year's OKCon, the Open Knowledge Conference, in Berlin, Germany. Nina's talk will focus on her personal story of freeing her artwork and the resultant flourishing of her life and career. She will also devote time to talking about non-commercial restrictions in popular licenses that purport to be Free Culture.

The talk will take place on July 1st 2011 at 16:00 in the Main Track space. Click here for more information about Nina, her talk, and OKCon .