Netflix refuses to stream Sita Sings the Blues without DRM. The artist, Nina paley, wants her movie distributed DRM-free! Nina was even willing to compromise by using DRM but inserting a message before the movie pointing to where people can get it for free without DRM. Netflix would not budge on the issue. this resulted in Nina turning down a 5k contract and netflix losing out on a great movie we can all see elsewhere for free.
I’ve been the “change I want to see” in regards to copyright monopolies. People told me I’d lose everything by copylefting Sita, including all hope of professional distribution. But in fact, some professional distributors became willing to distribute Sita without claiming monopolies over it, and we’re all fine.
Nina understands DRM is bad for artist and bad for the future of knowledge & culture! /cheer one more artist that gets the revolution.
Other coverage on this topic:
Sita vs Netflix from Copyfight
Boing Boing w/ Cory – Another example of how DRM is really not in place for artists