Mudcat Café message #160226 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16566   Message #160226
Posted By: Chet W.
09-Jan-00 - 12:18 AM
Thread Name: 'Should auld copyrights be forgot ?'
Subject: RE: BS: 'Should auld copyrights be forgot ?'
Sure. Somebody said above that you don't have to pay everytime you look at a painting. Well, if you didn't, then somebody else paid for you, either the person that bought it or the museum that puts it up for you. These arguments seem so empty to me. I like a good intellectual debate, but sometimes that keeps the object of discussion out of bounds. Sometimes if you understand something on an intellectual level then you really understand only a very small, and occasionally insignificant, part of it. I mean the legal part is more or less cut and dried (relatively anyway) but I was trying to make an ethical argument. It makes me sick everytime I hear of a fine artist, one that contributed to our culture more than, say, Martha Stewart, that died broke or worse. Is that a value that represents us? If so, I think we could do better.

Chet