Earlier this year, we wrote about the rather ridiculous situation that filmmaker Nina Paley was put in, where copyright on some songs she used in a movie she made herself was being used to kill the film
. It made no sense, no matter how you looked at it. The songs were all from the 1920s, and getting them new attention could only serve to renew interest in the music, likely creating new opportunities for the copyright holders to profit. Yet... they didn't care. They were demanding thousands and thousands of dollars for the use. After folks like Roger Ebert picked up the cause, the copyright holders finally lowered their demands to a mere $50,000 -- but included numerous additional fees should she ever make a dime off the movie. Thus, she's realized that she cannot make any money from the movie and is instead giving it away for free under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license.
Still, now that the agreements are signed -- even though she doesn't have all the funds to pay the fees yet (she's still raising money
) -- she is apparently able to release the movie with just the agreements
now alerts us that, despite the restrictions
on some of the music, Nina has put up a full website for the movie
which links to an Internet Archive page where you can stream it or download it
in a variety of formats. And, of course, she's set it up to be downloaded via BitTorrent
, as well. I'm downloading a copy now, and hope to watch it this weekend while flying to Scotland.