It's Fair Use Week! Cartoonist, animator, and activist Nina Paley here to talk about making art and fair use!
FINAL UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for joining us! Nina's said she's signing off in a few minutes, and I'm also going to have to jump off shortly. Nina's blog is at http://blog.ninapaley.com/.
And be sure to check out the other posts, panels, and activities surrounding Fair Use Week!
UPDATE 3: We're back! Sorry for the snafu (hint: it was my (read: Sherwin's) fault); now we'll get to as many of your questions as possible!
UPDATE 2: While we're trying to resolve this, Nina can answer your questions on Twitter
UPDATE: Nina's here, and /u/Nina_Paley is really her! I may have messed up the setup a bit, so her ability to respond as quickly as she'd like is being hampered somehow.
Nina: After over 10 million views (on Vimeo, YouTube, archive.org and other outlets) This Land Is Mine - which uses a famous song in its entirety - hasn't suffered a single copyright claim. I can only assume this is because someone's lawyers are aware that parody is Fair Use. In contrast, Copying Is Not Theft - a one-minute song I wrote myself - has suffered many fraudulent copyright claims in spite of its explicit Free license.
I am not asking for permission to use anything in my current feature-in-progress Seder-Masochsim. The only way the finished film will be shown in public is if festivals and venues assert Fair Use.
We'll be kicking off at 2 pm Eastern time and hanging around for a couple of hours.
I am the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, the webcomic Mimi & Eunice, and am Artist-in-Residence at QuestionCopyright.org. I am a Free Culture activist who practices Intellectual Disobedience.
Also joining in: Sherwin Siy of Public Knowledge, copyright lawyer and fair use fan, to pick up stray questions about the law.