The Open-Source Coffee Table Book: Publishing Pop Culture in the Digital Age

Nina Paley (Nina Paley Productions, LLC)
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Why should techies have all the fun? The few publishers to embrace
open content focus primarily on technical books. But an increasing
number of artists and pop culture creators are seeking alternatives to
copy restricting their works. What works for Cory Doctorow’s science
fiction can also work for graphic novels, art and coffee table books.
Unfortunately, publishers who historically specialize in popular
culture – many of which are subsidiaries of the same media
conglomerates pushing DRM and extending copyright enforcement – are
unwilling to pursue the open-source model. Will existing open-source
publishers expand into pop culture to exploit this niche? Will new
publishers emerge to serve both pop culture markets and artists?

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Nina Paley

Nina Paley Productions, LLC

Nina Paley is the director of the acclaimed animated feature film
“Sita Sings the Blues,” which is about to release under a Creative
Commons Share-Alike license. “Sita” has screened internationally at
almost 100 film festivals and won awards including Best Feature at
Annecy and Avignon, Best Script at Athens, Greece, and an IFP Gotham
Award. Wired called her a “One-Woman Pixar” and Roger Ebert said of
her film: “I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end
of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original.” Nina is also
a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating Fluff
(Universal Press Syndicate), The Hots (King Features), and her own
alternative weekly Nina’s Adventures. Nina teaches at Parsons School
of Design in Manhattan and is a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow. She is
currently Artist-in-Residence at

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Shirley Bailes
02/20/2009 5:32am EST

Videos may be found here: There’s a lot of copy, so copies are going up as quickly as they can.

02/20/2009 5:09am EST

Is there a video of the keynote available?

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Nathan Hamilton
02/17/2009 3:49pm EST

Wasn’t an appropriate end talk. The day tailed off rather after a fine start.

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