Re: [rumori] Appropriation reactionary?

Reed Hedges (
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 11:58:35 -0500

On Fri, Dec 17, 1999 at 09:32:59AM -0600, eleven wrote:
> It's an excellent question. There is some subtlety here.
> In my view, 'appropriation' is a tool like a 'paintbrush' or a 'guitar'.
> There are, of course, reactionary uses for all of these things. They
> also can be tools for expressing _originary_ ideas that do not proceed
> solely in reaction to other existing ideas or works. I proceed from the
> assumption that when I use someone else's work as the raw material for
> my own, I am 'reacting' to it _only_ in the same way as a painter
> 'reacts' to his paint.

so the distinction in the UR/sony case would be that sony is not just
taking samples from the song, using pieces of it to form a new work,
they are ripping off the song as a whole, including half the title,
and selling that like mad...


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