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  To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

tagged: unAmerican, treason
  —Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919

of quilts & copyrights

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Some of the art quilters have decided to sue the collectors who helped make them famous, alleging that they have been unfairly treated.

crossing my screen today

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

How to give a great man-to-man hug — a hilarious video from the developing world of masculinity studies. I went to it on the off-chance that it was actually funny, and was well-rewarded for my optimism. Kitty not happy tshirts at work: The salon.com column “dear cary” handles various ethics and manner type issues, and […]

McDonald’s “coke spoon” C&D

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

One might think it would sometimes be in the best interests of a corporation to take the high road, but McDonald’s has chosen to go for the glory. McD’s slapped a cease and desist letter on an art gallery selling “Cokespoon #2″ — a gold-plated versions of a 1980s vintage McD’s coffee stirrer that was […]

good fair use news for collage artists

Monday, October 30th, 2006

A great decision from the 2d Circuit in another case about Jeff Koons. Collage artists haven’t had a lot of caselaw to work with before Blanch v. Koons, and it’s reassuring to get a positive spin on transformative artistic uses. More analysis coming.

tacky but lawful derivative liberty

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

A fundamentalist mega-church in Memphis has repurposed the Statute of Liberty. [7/5 nyt] Lucky for them the Statue is in the public domain. Shake your head at its awfulness at thestatueofliberationthroughchrist.org. Christian nationalism, indeed. Maybe someone should remind them that the Statue’s French.         

comedies & tragedies of fair use

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

5/3 update: variant version of this post (an older version of the post but marked-up with hyperlinks) + other blog commentary from Joy Garnett @ newsgrist … liveblogging the meeting and this session @ iptablog – The Comedies of Fair Use meeting wrapped up a few hours ago. Among the best presentations were the art […]

monday schizophrenic cat painting

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Fascinating. A pictorial history of an artist’s descent into schizophrenia. Louis Wain, 1860-1939, effects of late onset schizophrenia on cat drawings. Part of a larger piece on schizophrenia. [link from miscellaneous heathen] More info at wikipedia. The early paintings during the onset of Mr. Wain’s schizophrenia reminded me of some of the migraine paintings we […]

artistic innovation & racism

Friday, July 15th, 2005

The NYT ran two articles today on copies of art, both listed on the front page in the respective sections: One listed in the “arts” section and titled “Imitations That Transcend Flattery” by Roberta Smith, and the other breathlessly titled Own Original Chinese Copies of Real Western Art! by Keith Bradsher, and listed in the […]

charles darwin’s posse

Monday, July 11th, 2005

A friend passed me this stamp along with the following message for ‘pro-science subversives’: These stickers are being introduced to increase awareness and appreciation of Charles Darwin. His theory of natural selection provided a simple, non-supernatural explanation for how life on earth had evolved and continues to evolve. Although scientists worldwide view evolution and natural […]

aleatoric serendipity

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

Thanks to the Third Circuit, I have a new word for the day: “aleatoric”. It means “characterized by chance or indeterminate elements” according to m-w.com. Hmm, I think. Like Jackon Pollock. Or Pollack. So I went online to figure out whether it was in fact Pollock or Pollack, which I did simply by Googling “Jackson […]

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