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Interview: Nina Paley (author of "Sita Sings the Blues" and the two "Minute Meme" animations)

Mar 17, 2010, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"In lieu of today’s regular column, I’ve decided to present an edited transcript of a very informative interview of Nina Paley by Thomas Gideon of “The Commandline Podcast.” Paley has been doing a lot of interviews since her free-licensed release of “Sita Sings the Blues” and her subsequent work with QuestionCopyright.org (specifically her two “Minute Meme” animations: “Copying Is Not Theft” and “All Creative Work is Derivative”) — reading them all would be quite a bit of work. But this interview is possibly the best — covering all of the major issues she’s been talking about in what I thought was a very insightful way. So: kudos to Nina Paley and to her interviewer, Thomas Gideon, and I hope you find this text version interesting.

"The original podcast, posted on February 24, 2010, can be found at The Command Line. Unfortunately, as Gideon notes in his introduction, the audio quality on Nina Paley’s voice was very poor due to an analog phone line (which is one of the reasons why I wanted to transcribe the interview). Here I have also edited the interview down just a bit for clarity. I believe it is an accurate representation of “what they wanted to say.” I’ve also, of course, added links and illustrations for the topics mentioned in the interview. Be aware, this column is considerably longer than usual, but I wanted to include the entire interview, because I think anyone interested in the future of free culture (including free software) would benefit from reading it."

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