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November 11, 2011

Submitted by alycia on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 10:46
  • It Came from Kuchar, about two of the very best filmmakers of all time.
  • I was really digging the beginning of this piece that I stumbled upon by Jonathan Lethem (one of the first things I've read in a long while that hasn't been homework or research). . .

    which seemed to be arguing for all the things about creating creative work that we all know are true; that everyone is influenced by others, and that copyright should perhaps be known by another name that captures its monopolistic aspects, etc. But then I started wondering why this piece was written in a magazine that my library doesn't have access to (in all our databases Harper's only available online before 2007, which leads me to believe they've imposed an embargo to increase subscriptions) and whether this piece eventually be hidden behind a paywall, and how it was licensed. Then I got to the end:

    . . . and so must ask that for a limited time (in the Thomas Jefferson sense) you please respect my small, treasured usemonopolies. Don't pirate my editions; do plunder my visions.

    and then it was all over. Really struggling over whether I think this piece is helping or hindering conversations about copywrongs. Can you work within the system and argue against your own actions? Is it useful to do so? I guess that's another larger question I wrestle with, but usually end up preferring the outside.

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