Sita sings the blues: ein Open-Source-Film in 35mm

12. Mai 2009


Nina Paley hat ihren Animationsfilm „Sita sings the blues“ ,  dessen besondere Qualität wir hier schon gewürdigt haben, in allen Fassungen frei ins Netz gestellt. Sie vertraut dabei auf die Open-Source-Kultur:

„Dear Audience,

I hereby give Sita Sings the Blues to you. Like all culture, it belongs to you already, but I am making it explicit with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Please distribute, copy, share, archive, and show Sita Sings the Blues. From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.

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…

The old business model of coercion and extortion is failing. New models are emerging, and I’m happy to be part of that. But we’re still making this up as we go along. You are free to make money with the free content of Sita Sings the Blues, and you are free to share money with me. People have been making money in Free Software for years; it’s time for Free Culture to follow. I look forward to your innovations. (Nina Paley)

Ninja Paley hat auch ein Wiki eingerichtet, um die Verbreitung des Films  zusammen mit allen Interessierten zu verbessern und Ideen und Beiträge dafür zu sammeln, z. B. Untertitelfassungen in verschiedenen Sprachen.

Die Filmhistorikerin Kristin Thompson hat in ihrem Blog „Observations on film art and Film Art“ den Film, die besondere Ästhetik der verschiedenen technischen Trägermedien und seine ungewöhnliche Vertriebsform vorgestellt. Darin stellt Nina Paley dar, wie die besondere Wirksamkeit der Open Source-Kultur die verschiedenen Verbreitungsformen verstärkt:

„When I decided to give it away free online, what finally made me realize this was viable was when I realized that this didn’t mean it wouldn’t be seen on the big screen, that the internet is not a replacement for a theater. It’s a complement. Many people will see it online and go, “Wow, I wish I could see this on the big screen!” And so they can, and some people like to see it more than once. Another thing is, you see it online, and that increases the demand for the DVDs. So it’s the opposite of what the record and movie industries say. Actually, the more shared something is, the more demand there is for it. [applause] (Nina Paley im Interview)

Die DVD ist „almost ready“ und kann hier vorgemerkt werden.