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Music Copyrights Threaten Nina Paley’s "Sita Sings the Blues"


Nina Paley’s critically acclaimed feature film Sita Sings the Blues cannot be distributed due to music licensing issues over the 1920’s recordings of singer Annette Hanshaw, according to an interview with Paley at QuestionCopyright.org and on Paley’s weblog. The music label that holds the copyright on the compositions is currently demanding $50,000 (down from $220,000 quoted earlier), with additional payments per home video unit sold (DVD, download, or on-demand) and for every $1 million in ticket sales at the box office. The on-going conflict with the rights-holders has been raised by technology website Boing Boing and by film critic Roger Ebert in his rave review of the movie.

(Read our feature article on Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues)

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