Re:[rumori] Cheatahs?

suzi (
Fri, 9 Jul 1999 12:10:20 -0400

On Fri, 09 Jul 1999 00:38:11 -0400 Taylor McLaren <> wrote:
>MEEP! suzi wrote:
>>Or we could be true to the spirit of the list, crash a dinner party,
>>sample various dishes, go home and mix the samples into a
>>brand new vitamin filled goulash that is alltogether something new.
>In other words, you want us to throw up and call it art.
> Don't mind me... I'm just upset that I missed the chance to get the
>trifle joke rolling.

oh, no, tis fine. Why, if George Bush can do it in a political environment, why can't we do it in an artistic one?


>perhaps we americans, or maybe just me, are more idealistic that way.
>Laws, ideally, should serve our interests. if they don't they shouldbe
>changed, and they can be. perhaps europeans are more cynical, and admit
>that laws will never ever really be in citizens' interests, and so they
>should just be ignored. anyone else care to comment on this?

Sure, I'll take a shot. Has anyone else wondered why it is legal to "sample" others intellectual works for, say a college term paper, or thesis or dissertation, citing sources (or not as the case may be) and yet it is "illegal" to sample musical/artistic sources? Seems like they are cut from the same cloth to me. And many people go on to publish their dissertations and theses commercially, so it can't be strictly a money issue. I never paid the sources in my papers royalty fees. Why is it that a writer can take a well known and beloved story and re-write it, from a new perspective, and it is sanctioned. I'm not saying that should be stopped, not at all. I am wondering why the street doesn't run both ways. After all, (and if no one has read this, you all should....its brilliant) MacGuire's Wicked (a retelling of the Wizard of Oz from the Wicked Witch's perspective) was a phenomenal book. I'm not sure if the original story finally had to grow old enough to become public domain, but what if the book couldn't ha
ve been written and published for sale because it was illegal to rework an established cultural icon?

It would be a sad world we live in.
Anyway. My two cents.

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