If you really have nothing better to do than sitting in front of your computer during the week end

Why not watch the whole movie Sita sings the blues?

Sita Sings the Blues is based on the Hindu epic “The Ramayana”. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina Paley is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this animated interpretation of the Ramayana. Set to the 1920′s jazz vocals of torch singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues is written, directed, produced and animated by Nina Paley.

“Sita Sings the Blues” was released in 2008 only after long negotiations with the copyright holders of the 80-year-old songs recorded by Annette Hanshaw. For more about how retroactive copyright restrictions almost prevented the release of the film, see this interview. Following the experience of almost having her film blocked from distribution, Nina Paley released it freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and now devotes a significant portion of her time to free culture activism.

Nina said: “You don’t need my permission to copy, share, publish, archive, show, sell, broadcast, or remix Sita Sings the Blues. Conventional wisdom urges me to demand payment for every use of the film, but then how would people without money get to see it? How widely would the film be disseminated if it were limited by permission and fees? Control offers a false sense of security. The only real security I have is trusting you, trusting culture, and trusting freedom“.

Donate to the filmmaker here: http://questioncopyright.org/sita_distribution#donate

Buy DVDs, etc, here: http://questioncopyright.com/sita.html


Nina talking about intellectual disobedience and the future of copyright: