[rumori] Re: copyright schemes (was Re: hello)

Being and Nothingness [rumori] Re: copyright schemes (was Re: hello)
Tue, 9 Jun 1998 16:07:59 -0400 (EDT) (00897451679, Pine.LNX.3.96.980609155147.1026A-100000ATcornea.retina.net)

> In my utopian dream roughly the same portion of society that watches TV
> (say 83%) makes art, and all sells it to each other, for roughly the
> same percentage of income as a hot-dog from a street vendor.

Yes, it takes some time to create a work of art, hence the
importance of public funding just to keep the work of art alive in
society. I know I have seen many many intruiging,beautiful, inspiring
works of art that I would like to own but were unaffordable. The cost of
materials and time has to be compensated for somehow. That is why I think
public museums are so important, and free day at the museum is important.
It at least puts art as an experience into the hands of ppl like me who
can't spend a fortune on an art collection.
heck, If I could get a Van Gogh for the cost of a hot dog, I'd be
a happy person indeed! Okay, I know we are talking about living artists,
but in 50 years, copyright is a non-issue for works of art, isn't it?
Anyway, sampling is not a copyright violation. But I think we have
general agreement about that. Sampling exists everywhere, in everyform of
art. I think people also call it "reference" or "direct reference". Imagine the uproar when people discover that great themes, characters and
settings have been begged, borrowed and stolen to incorporate into new
work. The trouble lies in the ability to reproducte faithfully a portion
of the original even if it is incorporated into a new and unique work.
Its not like people who pirate software for a living or ppl who burn whole
CD's and sell them in flea markets. As far as the elements of an
underground, criminal economy go, we have a long way to go to proclaim
total non-involvement. The issue of sampling has elements of a
morality as well as economics when you put in the context of the capital A
art. It is traditional to weave other's work into your own and in many
instances unavoidable. Pirating bitstreams to comment on or
to illuminate other bitstreams is just another form of Art. oh wait, i
just wound myself into a corner here ... I just heard a collective "duh".

I don't think art could be freely exchanged even in a non-capitalist
society where art is generally censored or used as propaganda but I like
the idea of an art exchange. But then you still just have artists
exchanging art with other artists. . Yes, I wish art had more
significance in society then the last episode of Seinfeld or any other
such ephemera. okay, I hear the question creeping up ... "what is art". I didn't say it, it was the voices in my head.

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