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Dec 28, 2012 Creativity Springs From Careful Copying (Part 2)

QUOTE: Record companies, book publishers, movie studios and other media corporations are caught up in efforts to equate all copying of their works with theft. In fact, if we genuinely want to promote creativity, we must encourage copying. The idea that people copy because they lack creativity is powerfully harmful, and it runs counter to the history of copyright.

Bloomberg News
Jun 22, 2011 Dissident Chinese Artist Is Released

QUOTE: Mr. Ai was the most prominent of hundreds of people detained since China intensified a broad crackdown on critics of the government in February, when anonymous calls for mass protests modeled after the revolutions in the Arab world percolated on the Chinese Internet. China’s move to douse any flicker of dissent was the harshest in years outside of the restive ethnic regions in the far west, and the vast majority of those detained in the crackdown were, like Mr. Ai, held in secret locations for weeks with no legal justification.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2011 Dangerous Arts

QUOTE: It is the world’s artists, particularly those courageous enough to stand up against authoritarianism, for whom we need to be concerned, and for whose safety we must fight. Not all writers or artists seek or ably perform a public role, and those who do risk obloquy and derision, even in free societies.

New York Times
Mar 16, 2011 Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Faces Protest

QUOTE: A group of more than 130 artists... says it will boycott the $800 million Guggenheim museum being built in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, unless conditions for the foreign laborers at the site are improved... The artists’ group says it is responding to a range of abuses that have been reported on the island, including the failure of contractors to repay recruitment fees — which can lead to crippling debt for laborers — hazardous working conditions and the arbitrary withholding of wages.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2010 Copyright and wrong: Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots

QUOTE: The notion that lengthening copyright increases creativity is questionable, however. Authors and artists do not generally consult the statute books before deciding whether or not to pick up pen or paintbrush.

Sep 08, 2009 Photographer Leibovitz could lose portfolio due to debt

QUOTE: Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz could lose the right to her entire portfolio of world-famous photographs if she doesn't meet a Tuesday deadline to pay back a $24 million loan she is alleged to owe.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 09, 2008 Mexican comic-book character called racist

QUOTE: A comic-book character popular in Mexico for generations has run into a cultural barrier at the border, where Americans see him as a racist caricature. For more than 60 years Mexicans have followed the adventures of "Memin Pinguin." But the dark-skinned Memin's exaggerated features in "Memin for President" came as a shock to Houston, Texas, Wal-Mart shopper Shawnedria McGinty.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 19, 2008 Conspicuous by Their Presence (Critic’s Notebook)

QUOTE: For the July issue of Italian Vogue, Mr. Meisel has photographed only black models. In a reverse of the general pattern of fashion magazines, all the faces are black, and all the feature topics are related to black women in the arts and entertainment. Mr. Meisel was given roughly 100 pages for his pictures. The issue will be on European newsstands next Thursday and in the United States soon after.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2008 A Young Artist Who Mostly Draws Attention

QUOTE: Arboleda was released by the police after an hour of questions led to the conclusion that he was way more Andy Warhol than Travis Bickle. He hung the art of the "Assassination" show on Wednesday night. Yesterday, though operating on just a few hours' sleep, he bounced on his feet as he explained the Point of It All.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2008 Search to Divine Authorship Leads 'Footprints' to Court

QUOTE: Zangare filed suit May 12 in a federal court against two women who each promotes herself as the poem's sole author and true copyright holder. He claims they've made millions on "Footprints"-related merchandise, money he wants a part of.

Washington Post
May 27, 2008 Treasures of a Nation, Not Fodder for an Ad (Mexico City Journal)

QUOTE: But the institute did have an issue with Ms. Castillo’s wearing Mexico’s patrimony on her curvaceous form. Whether it was the stone Atlantes in Tula de Allende or the old aqueduct in Padre Tembleque or the former convent in San Nicolás Tolentino, imprinting one of Mexico’s treasures on a soap opera star was deemed a violation of the law.

New York Times
May 22, 2008 Justice and the Stonehenge Vandals (The Lede)

QUOTE: Officials today revealed an incident last week at Stonehenge involving two men, a hammer and a screwdriver. They were chased off by security guards at the site, but not before leaving a scratch measuring two-and-a-half inches on the Heel Stone.

New York Times
May 20, 2008 Little Orphan Artworks

QUOTE: The problem of orphan works is real. It was caused by a fundamental shift in the architecture of copyright law. Before 1978, copyright was an opt-in system, granting protection only to those who registered and renewed their copyright, and only if they marked their creative work with the famous ©. But three decades ago, Congress created an opt-out system. Copyright protection is now automatic, and it extends for almost a century, whether the author wants or needs it or even knows that his work is regulated by federal law.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2008 Trial Over Potter Lexicon Ends With an Olive Branch

QUOTE: [Ms. Rowling and Warner Brothers Entertainment] are suing Mr. Vander Ark’s publisher, RDR Books, based in Michigan, to stop publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon. Ms. Rowling contends in the lawsuit that the lexicon copies large chunks of material from her own books while adding little new information and insight.

New York Times
Apr 09, 2008 New publishing policy at Amazon angers authors: Writers see move to monopolize printing

QUOTE: A power struggle has erupted between several national writers groups and Inc. over the company's new publishing policy, which some charge gives Amazon a monopoly on book printing..."This policy destroys hope for new writers like myself to get into the business," someone who identified himself as Ron Berry wrote in an online petition. "This forces us to use Amazon and pay their prices while we get little or nothing, if and only if, Amazon accepts us as writers!!"

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Feb 01, 2008 The Ethicist: Much About History

QUOTE: [1] I’m a history professor... — with an M.A. student who wants to pursue a doctorate...Must I [recommend her] if I find her views incongruent with those of historians? [2] I [bought] a painting at a local art gallery...Days later, the gallery said it was returning my money because [another] prospect had purchased the work. I later learned this buyer wrote a positive review of the exhibition in the local paper. Did the gallery act ethically?

New York Times
Jan 26, 2008 Look-Alike Works Make for an Uncommonly Provocative Show

QUOTE: What if one artist were to suddenly start working in the very different style of a local colleague -- not simply copying specific works, but fully inhabiting that colleague's trademark way of painting? ...[The] results can be seen in the tempest that it caused on the Baltimore art scene.

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2008 Hey, Isn't That . . . People Are Doing Double-Takes, And Taking Action, As Web Snapshots Are Nabbed for Commercial Uses

QUOTE: Under the banner of "intellectual property," record labels warn you not to bootleg their songs. Hollywood studios warn you not to download their movies. Intellectual property has lately seemed the concern of corporations trying to protect the artist from the grabby public. But in an increasingly user-generated world where the public is the artist, sometimes it's the big boys who get grabby.

Washington Post
Dec 28, 2007 Art Attack: Public installations have been raising hackles ever since that pesky Parthenon went up in Greece. Next up: a controversial sculpture is set to rise from the ashes in Phoenix.

QUOTE: public art...if you think people are arguing over how these artworks actually look or what they represent, think again. In most cases what puts people in a tizzy is location, funding, durability, safety, effect on property values, traffic patterns and other unsexy logistical issues, says Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts...

Nov 12, 2007 For a Memorial With Cracks, Fix or Replace?

QUOTE: Under consideration for years, the idea of replacing the monument has pitted conservationists, who think the original structure should be restored, against those who say that replacing the tomb is inevitable and will properly memorialize America’s fallen soldiers.

New York Times
Nov 03, 2007 From a Trash Bin, Singing Cossacks and a Bitter Dispute

QUOTE: The story might have ended there, with Ms. Myer content to sell off hundreds of papers from the collection on eBay, as she had been doing. Instead, it has mushroomed into an acrimonious international dispute over the archive, which collectors say may be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Strict Visa Regulations Discourage Visiting Artists: Post-9/11 Process Adds Costs and Red Tape

QUOTE: To perform in this country, foreign artists of all stripes -- punk rockers, ballet dancers, folk musicians, acrobats -- are funneled through a one-size-fits-all "nonimmigrant" visa process whose costs and complications have become prohibitive, according to booking agents, managers and presenters, such as the Kennedy Center, who program and market the performers.

Washington Post
Aug 28, 2007 A college's art treasure dilemma: to sell or to hold? An O'Keeffe painting is at the center of a storm over Fisk University's plan to raise funds by selling it.

QUOTE: It could fetch as much as $25 million for the struggling university, but critics say... It's a matter...of honoring artistic legacy and preserving the integrity of donors' gifts.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 07, 2007 Masterpieces Nabbed in French Art Heist: In Brazen 10 Minutes At Museum, Thieves Grab Monet, 3 Others

QUOTE: The daytime heist of well-known paintings ranks among the most audacious examples of a growing number of thefts from public and private collections... Interpol estimates that art thefts total billions of dollars a year, with France and Italy consistently hit hardest because of their vast troves of art and artifacts.

Washington Post
Jul 03, 2007 Radio Royalties: Reprising Ol' Blue Eyes' Battle

QUOTE: Songwriters receive royalties when their compositions are played on AM and FM radio. But neither musicians nor the music's owners get a dime.

Washington Post
Jun 24, 2007 The Possessed

QUOTE: Everyone agrees that the Machu Picchu artifacts at Yale are modest in appearance. That has not prevented, however, a bare-knuckled disagreement from developing over their rightful ownership. Peru says the Bingham objects were sent to Yale on loan and their return is long overdue. Yale demurs.

New York Times
May 14, 2007 On Canals, a Woman Paddles Against the Tide

QUOTE: For more than a thousand years, Venice has had gondolas but never a female gondolier. But now there is Alexandra Hai. After a decade of struggle, Ms. Hai has won the right to be a gondolier — sort of. A court recently allowed her to paddle around the canals of Venice, but only for the residents of one of the city’s hotels.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2007 Cuban rapper: Fight the injustice

QUOTE: ...Los Aldeanos, or "The Villagers" -- is one of Cuba's best-known underground hip-hop acts. It's earned credibility with lyrics that condemn racism, police harassment, prostitution and inequality -- criticisms often heard in Cuba's streets, but controlled by the state in the media.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 02, 2007 E-Commerce Report: Hoping to Move Guitar Notations Into the Legal Sunshine

QUOTE: Because of an agreement in March between MusicNotes, an online music publisher and the Harry Fox Agency, which represents 31,000 music publishers, guitar tablature — a popular system for teaching and learning guitar — will enter the legitimate business realm for the first time...Publishers claimed that even incorrect versions of music notation violate copyright laws, since the postings represent “derivative works” related to the original compositions, to use the legal parlance.

New York Times
Mar 26, 2007 A Woman's Perspective in Art: At NMWA, Life From a Woman's Point of View

QUOTE: By the standards of Renaissance critics -- all of them men -- many of the 15 women in this exhibition don't score particularly high. When it came to realistic renderings of light, space and human forms, and to assembling all three into coherent compositions with attractively brushed surfaces, many Renaissance women were no more than middling good. True, there were plenty of male artists who weren't a jot better. (Including some of the men who trained these women -- struggling fathers, often, who counted on a daughter's skills to stand in for her dowry.) But it's also true that those very few Renaissance artists who did achieve supreme results -- or what art history has chosen to count as such -- were all male.

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2006 China Cancels 'Da Vinci' Movie

QUOTE: Chinese authorities pulled "The Da Vinci Code" off movie screens nationwide on Friday, apparently as a concession to Chinese Catholic groups that warned that the film threatened social stability.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2006 Immigration Is Not in the Script For Hollywood's Cause Celebs

QUOTE: The celebrity a far cry from the courageous voices that decried the Vietnam War and rallied support for the civil rights movement--people like Ossie Davis and Harry Belafonte, whose careers suffered.

Washington Post
Apr 06, 2006 No Flattery Is Found in an Imitation of a Rockwell

QUOTE: museum curators and American painting experts had been troubled by discrepancies between Norman Rockwell's 1954 canvas "Breaking Home Ties" and tear sheets of the legendary Saturday Evening Post cover for which he painted it...the Rockwell and seven other paintings by other local artists — were therefore copies, presumably made, their children say, by Mr. Trachte himself.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2004 Justices Allow Lawsuit On Art Taken by Nazis

QUOTE: ...U.S. courts can hear the case of an 88-year-old Jewish refugee seeking to recover $130 million worth of art in Austria's national art museum -- art she says was looted from her family by the Nazis...Altmann's suit tells a tale of dispossession and deception...

Washington Post
Dec 08, 2001 From Burqas to Abayas

QUOTE: But in Saudi Arabia, under our own rules, a servicewoman is, as she once said, "treated like a Muslim piece of property."

Washington Post
Nov 25, 2001 Liberty and the Pursuit of Terrorists

QUOTE: Our government needs to proceed with maximal respect for fundamental human rights as it goes about winning this war. One of the terrorists' goals is to provoke an authoritarian overreaction by the United States and other democracies.

Washington Post
Nov 25, 2001 After Sept. 11, Complaints of Job Bias Mount

QUOTE: Since Sept. 11,... hundreds of people have said they are experiencing discrimination in the workplace because of their nationality or religion.

New York Times
Nov 25, 2001 New Battles in Old War Over Freedom of Speech

QUOTE: Some critics consider the surge in complaints about speech, at a time when nerves remain raw over the terrorist attacks, an inevitable consequence of the speech codes themselves, which they say have shaped the campus as a therapeutic environment where students are protected from discussions that make them uncomfortable.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2001 Agencies Eye Touchy Task of Defining Poverty

QUOTE: Poverty should not be measured strictly by income level, but by physical characteristics that would otherwise go unnoticed...

Washington Post
Nov 24, 2001 At Home Abroad/abroad At Home: Right and Wrong

QUOTE: This week President Bush renamed the Justice Department building for Robert F. Kennedy. It was a gracious ceremony, but there was an implicit suggestion that because of his toughness on crime Mr. Kennedy would have supported the Bush military tribunals.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2001 Despite Ruling, Logan Official Predicts Ouster of Security Firm

QUOTE: Colonel DiFava sought to oust Argenbright last week when he learned that the company pleaded guilty last year to federal felony charges of hiring convicts and falsifying employee records. "The law is very clear," he said, "If the holder of the license is convicted of a felony, they cannot have a license."

New York Times
Nov 24, 2001 Spain Sets Hurdle for Extraditions

QUOTE: Mr. Bush's announcement that the United States could use emergency military courts in terrorism cases has stirred criticism in Europe, and the arrests last week in Spain of eight Islamic extremists could provide an early test of foreign cooperation with the administration.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2001 A Full Charge of Genocide for Milosevic

QUOTE: "The indictment of one man cannot return all the dead people or fix the ruins, but it can lift the burden of collective responsibility and send a message to others that they won't get away with the crimes"...

New York Times
Nov 24, 2001 An Organization On the Lookout for Patriotic Incorrectness

QUOTE: ....a list of 117 anti-American statements heard on college campuses that was compiled by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni... accuses several dozen scholars, students and even a university president of what they call unpatriotic behavior after Sept. 11.

New York Times
Nov 23, 2001 Democracy's Uneasy Steps in the Islamic World

QUOTE: At a time when democracy is new and its institutions untested, and with many Arab societies divided among tribes or sects, or between modernists and traditionalists, there are concerns that majorities might become tyrannical.

New York Times
Nov 23, 2001 Milosevic Charged with Bosnia Genocide


New York Times
Nov 23, 2001 US Shuts Down Somalia Internet

QUOTE: Somalis living abroad use it to send money to their relatives back home as there are no other banking systems in Somalia since the downfall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Nov 23, 2001 We Have the Right Courts for Bin Laden

QUOTE: If we want to show the world our commitment to the very rule of law that the terrorists sought to undermine, why not try mass murderers who kill American citizens on American soil in American courts?

New York Times
Nov 22, 2001 Florida Disbars F. Lee Bailey Over Stock Funds

QUOTE: ...the Florida Bar contended that Mr. Bailey knew all along that he was given control of the stocks with an understanding that they would be turned over to the federal government.

New York Times
Nov 22, 2001 What Did You Do Before the War?

QUOTE: Privacy aside, skeptics question whether the rise in background checks will actually make the country more secure....What if, for example, companies or individuals conduct searches out of idle curiosity under the guise of an authorized purpose? Some people worry that the more integrated such sources of information become, they will start to resemble de facto national identity databases, ripe for abuse and for the kind of errors that can brand a person for life.

New York Times

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