Katherine M. Acosta speaks with Nina Paley about her film, "Seder-Masochism," her fight against copyright law, and trans activist efforts to de-platform her. Copyright laws simply protect copyright holders from unlicensed and unapproved copying — or use, if you will — of their works by someone else for that other person’s commercial use or public exhibition. The Four Freedoms of Free Culture Nina Paley Wins IP3 Award from Public Knowledge! Paley: Well, okay, so a selfish thing I can say is, if you’re into copyright, by all means, embrace copyright, because to some extent all artists are competing with each other for attention, and people who lock down their work of copyright are basically making more attention available for me, so I don’t, you know, if you’re into that model, great. Right now we’re concentrating on getting the rights (excuse me, “restrictions”) cleared so Sita can be distributed. Telling the film-maker to use another piece of music is irrational. Oh, I haven’t been saying copying should be okay as long as it’s long enough after the author’s death — I’ve been saying it should be okay, period. Hon föddes i Urbana den 3 maj 1968. How about I take her film and put my own music to it and sell it? If you’d like to donate to support Nina, you can do so here. Nina has every right as an artist to listen to that music, draw inspiration from it, even incorporate it into her work. I think the anger here is partly one against copyright law, which is, as Anon. I chose Beethoven to illustrate how copyright has nothing to do with preventing plagiarism. Han är känd för filmer som: Profeten (2014), Seder-Masochism (2018) och Sita Sings the Blues (2008). As a musician, would you refuse to play anything not completely original to you because it doesn’t “belong” to you? Again, Nina is not being personally harmed nor is she having her rights trampled in any of this. Nina favors freedom for everyone. Unless, of course, as you say it’s merely an issue of creating a physical reproduction. No, of course not, even if the law says they have to (I’m not sure it does–concert performances may not count as “commercial use”). The people who own the intellectual property have the right to demand payment for its use outside of “fair use,” and apparently they have made the demand. Major photo agencies license images for even less. While the rest of us make art with full embrace of compromise. These huge publishers are machines, and like it or not, anything less than $500 is not worth their time. Some of us actually like to make money. I think her point, which I’m sympathetic to, is that all of those costs are incredibly stifling, and if artists had to jump through all these legal hoops and spend so much money before they ever started, lots of art would never be created. Again, it’s the copyright holders that are setting the prices, right? That’s an interesting solution, and we’ll talk to our lawyer(s) about it. It’s a classic example of how today’s copyright system suppresses art, effectively forcing artists to make creative choices based on licensing concerns rather than on their artistic vision. Nina Paley and Smári McCarthy during the "Free Culture" talks at Swatantra 2014.JPG 4,732 × 3,134; 6.78 MB Nina Paley Chiaroscuro.jpg 1,516 × 1,808; 249 KB Nina Paley … To subsidize the already over-subsidized arms race of marketing budgets? They will steal from you, but G-d help you if you want to use their work, even if you ask permission up front. I spotted Nina as a unique talent at just about the time she graduated from high school. Nina Paley est une dessinatrice et animatrice américaine née le 3 mai 1968 à Urbana dans l'État de l'Illinois aux États-Unis. and it rightfully hangs in the Paley Gallery. When I see my work poached, I show zero mercy in hunting the ” borrower” down…..Copyright is not a meadow to roll out excuses- it’s either your property to do what you wish with,or its not your property and you are obliged, morally and legally to obtain permission. But work with me? Sorry Nina, I’ve seen your film and yes it was good, but whining that your failure to follow the rules is costing you distribution is not exactly a new story, nor is it compelling. It’s inane the copyright was extended, there’s a reason for the 75 year limit in the constitution, it shouldn’t have even been allowed to be extended.But what Nina should have realized is this: Artists don’t make money. Além de artista talentosa, Nina Paley é voz ativa na luta por uma cultura livre. Just to reiterate, I’m not arguing that copyright law isn’t arcane or incorrectly applied. The only thing she can’t do is commercialize her work. Copyright was only invented in the early eighteenth century, and primarily to support and regulate the printing industry (to ensure a sustainable distribution mechanism for printed material), not to support artists, which it doesn’t do a very good job of anyway. The music in Sita Sings The Blues is integral to the film: entire animation sequences were done around particular songs. The filmmaker? 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