In a previous post I talked about the Blender Foundation and how their animated movie, Sintel, was victimized by a false DMCA takedown. Blender has another project on the go. It will be a full length animated movie called Gooseberry. It’s in the beginning phases now, where they’re trying to raise enough funding through a cloudfunding campaign. More information, including profiles on the studios involved, is available on the Gooseberry site.
Opensource.com has an interview with the project lead, Ton Roosendaal, which is well worth the read.
There is a trailer for Gooseberry up on Youtube. Let’s hope this one isn’t taken down.-)
Youtube is a place on the Internet where creators can make their videos available for viewing.
The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) is an American law meant to protect creators’ copyright.
On April 5, 2014, Sony used the DMCA to get Youtube to take down a video of Sintel. (Links to Torrent Freak, Reddit and Cartoon Brew) Sony had no right to do it. Youtube was wrong to comply. But they won’t pay for their hubris. Sintel, the Blender Foundation, the artists and the audience will be expected to accept the injury and insult, while the scoundrels slip away.
The DMCA mechanism is automated. It has to be, they say, because there are so many videos and so many requests. So, because they are too cheap and too lazy to be careful, there are countless cases of false takedown notices. And while the takedowns are quick and easy, correcting a false takedown it difficult and time-consuming.
This continues to happen because people are never made to pay for abusing the system. So this won’t be the last DMCA crime.
Edit: Due to a large outcry, Sintel is once again viewable on Youtube. A good outcome.
While I was writing Green Comet, I happened upon Sita Sings the Blues, an animated movie created by Nina Paley. I enjoyed Sita very much. The animation work and the storytelling are excellent. It’s based on the Indian legend about Sita and Rama and their love. Paley released Sita under a Creative Commons license, the one I’m using for Green Comet: Attribution and ShareAlike. She has since updated the license to CC0, putting the movie in the public domain. As far as she could, anyway.
Photo credit – Wikimedia
The movie includes some great songs by Annette Hanshaw. The music is worth the price of admission by itself. Unfortunately, those recordings are still under copyright and, while they are used legally in Sita, they’re still restricted elsewhere. That’s why Sita Sings the Blues still can’t be completely free, even though its creator wants it to be.
Image credit – Nina Paley
But it’s still free to download and watch, which I encourage you to do. It’s available in smaller sizes of a few hundred megabytes, as well as a full-sized DVD image complete with director’s cut. You can even buy a DVD, if you want.