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I'd like to suggest that, righteous indignation aside, all copy write laws
will be coming into question soon.
Ever since Rodin decided that he had the *right* to *design* a statue,
his students sculpt and build it, and himself keep all profits and rights,
there has been an exaggerated acceptance of what deserves protection.
Why people buy *official* prints of etchings or photographs [*#5 of 235*]I
have never understood. The idea that the *artist* has only allowed 235 to
made- and shut the negative away, is about as bogus a notion as has been
conceived. Surely, in the end, only lawyers and galleries profit.
As an actor [ex] I've been busted many times for not paying royalties to
dead playwrights, law firms and publishers that *bought the rights* to
Shakespeare or Ionesco. How did they GET this *right*? Publishing is one
thing. Hording and scalping is another.
I don't care what happens to Napster. Clearly they are pirates and are
getting rich encouraging an irreverent, anarchistic mentality [which they
themselves don't have], but, the fact is, ever since photography, LAWYERS
have devised methods to increase profits for middlemen that have NOTHING
do with the Creation [Nike or M. Jackson for Beatle songs, for instance]--
and nothing in my code of ethics tells me that I can not give my cakewalk
discs to my drummer. Hearing people call that *theft* gets my goat. I
sincerely doubt that they have thought it through any further than I have.
Less, in fact.
I can paint/draw/photograph as many copies of the Mona Lisa as I want and
will never have what DaVinci had. With digital music that has changed. I
have exactly what was created in the studio. Any attempt to change this
[same goes with intellectual property rights for software] is bogus. They
are bullshitting us. Once I buy Cakewalk it's mine. Once I play a new riff
in public, it's public. Once someone combines oil colors together in a
particular way, anyone is invited to try to duplicate it. In the past this
was limited by imagination and talent. Photography and *Digital* has
all that, but morality and reality has not changed. Ideas come into
existence. They NEVER belonged to anyone.
And I've BEEN sampled against my will, so don't even go there. I want to
maximize my profit as much as anyone, but ideas *emerge*. Very few real
artists think they *invented* their best stuff. Just lawyers and academics.
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