Nina Paley has just released the second Minute Meme animation at QuestionCopyright.org. I wrote about the first in the series when it was released and the call to help with its soundtrack. This second piece addresses the notion that all creative works are derivative. The implication is that the rights granted by copyright need to have commensurate limitations that recognize this accretive and transformative aspect woven through the tapestry of shared expression.
There are plenty of notes on how this work was produced, a process which emphasizes the point of the meme. The final effect, of all these classical pieces of statuary dancing to Todd Michaelsen’s brilliant “Sita’s String Theory”, is striking. That Nina so openly describes her inspirations, tools and techniques just deepens the appreciation of both the finished work and its message.