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NYC Artists to Learn "How to Free Their Work"

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As part of the New York Foundation of Arts' Artspire program,'s artist-in-residence Nina Paley will be teaching fellow artists about the principles and practices of free culture. Taking her highly informative piece "How to Free Your Work"a her point of departure, Nina will speak to the group about her experience distributing her award-winning film Sita Sings The Blues and her ongoing adventures in open distribution. She will particularly instruct the group in how to choose an open license, demystifying the many Creative Commons and other licenses available; how to make it easier for fans to support then; how to upload files to; how they can do less work on their own and enable your fans to do more; and how to use unlimited content to sell their stuff.

The workshop will take place on October 5, 2011 at 6:30PM at the NYFA office located at 20 Jay Street in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. For more information and to register for the event, click here.


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.



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