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“Sita Sings the Blues” released with Creative Commons license

Nina Paley, creator of the short lived comic strip (King Features Syndicate, 2002-2003) Sita Sings the Blues is releasing her comic under the Creative Commons license. Under the Share Alike license, she is allowing others to distribute her work (and derivative works) as long as the work produced is also distributed under the same license.

The project underway is to take all her work and upload it to the Wikimedia Commons, add dates and descriptions.

Hat tip: Boing Boing

Community Comments

#1 Terry LaBan
July/23/2009
@ 2:13 pm

Nina’s King Features comic strip was called “The Hots”. “Sita Sings the Blues”, the work she’s releasing, is actually an animated film.

#2 Brian Powers
July/23/2009
@ 3:39 pm

I remember her giving away “Sita Sings the Blues” and asking for donations awhile back. I wonder how successful she was getting donations from giving her animated film away online.

#3 BOB QUICK
July/24/2009
@ 8:28 am

I did the same with my strip. I thought with all the work
that I had put into it that it would be nice to have it “out
there” where others could see it but still have a handle
on it.

#4 Pooja Kohli
July/24/2009
@ 10:40 am

ood news! Sita Sings the Blues is now available on DVD! Get it from Amazon or Netflix on July 28!
[New York, NY â?? July 20, 2009] â?? This July, FilmKaravan, in partnership with Vista India Digital Media, proudly presents its first DVD release â?? the beautifully animated and wittily narrated debut feature film from Nina Paley, SITA SINGS THE BLUES â?? through Amazon, Netflix and a vast network of South Asian wholesale stores nationwide. Brimming with charm, humor and a soundtrack comprised entirely of haunting vocals from 1920s jazz legend, Annette Hanshaw, whose old jazz and blues recordings give voice to Sita, this adult-friendly cartoon offers a personal and thoroughly modern adaptation of the great Indian epic, The Ramayana.
For more information, visit http://www.filmkaravan.com

#5 Rich Diesslin
July/24/2009
@ 12:07 pm

Sita is a really creative animation but the moral of the story is to plan ahead and get the rights to other copyrighted creative media you use in your work (or be able to pay for it). She’s giving it away because she could not secure rights to he music which is integral to the animation. Apparently it was the only way to distribute it without paying huge licensing fees.

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