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February 03, 2009



Wow...epic copyright extensions really lead to some ridiculously sad situations like this one where everybody loses. I doubt that anybody who wrote those songs for Annette Hanshaw is still alive to reap the potential benefits of their use in Sita Sings the Blues. But people who had nothing to do with the creative process are somehow given the power to demand an obscene amount of money that makes (legal) distribution impossible.

Shouldn't the music publishers work out a royalty-sharing agreement that encourages distribution and actually gives them a chance to benefit financially? Don't they want to generate interest in these songs that would otherwise just collect mold in their catalog? Sadly, this branch of the music industry is a sinking ship, and they're taking Annette Hanshaw down with 'em

Webhamster Henry

Fans of Nina Paley (like me) have been watching her build this film bit by bit for years. It's been a real struggle. I hope you can get her on to spin a few disks, Trouble.


Sita Sings the Blues will be screening at Montclair State University on March 24 (filmmaker present). It's free and open to the public.


Check out


it's finally up:


Some of the Original SoundTrack is now available for Downloads...

Composer Todd Michaelsen of the band My Pet Dragon composed the
Opening Title Music & the "Agni Pariksha" song and also scored the film.

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