Pleased with yourself, little man?
– Roy Batty to Rick Deckard, Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Due to recent heavy-handed bullyboy tactics, I’ve been back handed a ‘Digital Millennium Copyright Act’ (sounds serious and self-important) takedown notice from A Real Artist™ for using and remixing photographs found on Flickr – whose entirely free and public display arrived (imo, mmv) under Fair Use. Some notes arising:
You thought someone’s art was cool enough to work with in the first place; you both display taste – how is that not a positive thing
Officially sanctioned permission to use The Artist’s photography wasn’t asked – but then what is this anyhow – Kafka’s character “K”, trying to reach the fucking Castle – does one first need form 27B/6 or what
No commercial profit was involved (other than ‘protecting one’s artistic investments’, perhaps) and full credit was given (btw “Credit where credit is due” smells like the perfumed Your-Dad’s language of artholes)
Who really benefits from such takedowns; who is really hurt by such usage – what is this ‘look but don’t touch’ b.s about anyway
I still make zero money from / via art, and in fact run this site at a loss. I do this because I love art and playing with ideas. So thanks for the patience, spirit of generosity and understanding, DMCA piss weasels. Talk about a bizarre siege mentality – of swollen ego privilege expressing an inflated sense of ‘ownership’ over pixels in a certain formation!
To celebrate, here’s some Example Reference Links combined with an image: an explicit socio-political parody / cultural satire on the whole notion of Copyright And The Arts. Share and enjoy!