Boing Boing Twists the Meaning of Intellectual Property Rights

Boing Boing tries to make the point that intellectual property protections “suppresses” art. Idiots. The woman in this particular case simply chose the wrong song for her animation. That’s her mistake.

Animator Nina Paley’s brilliant film, “Sita Sings The Blues,” has been wowing the festival circuit but you’re probably not going to see it anytime soon. That’s because the company that controls the synch rights to the 80+ year old music in the film want so much money for licensing that Paley can’t afford to distribute her movie, despite all the critical acclaim.

And once and for all: using someone’s art in your own work makes yours derivative. Period. Not original: derivative. And you should be required to pay for it, and not to use it if the price is too high.

Intellectual property rights protect original works. It’s that simple, and those who aren’t creative enough to, e.g., make their own music, need to come up with some other option. Failing to check on a song’s copyright before creating one’s animation using it is simple laziness.

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