Our world is filled with copyrights in order to protect people and companies from having their ideas stolen or duplicated. But do copyrights really help industries to thrive? Johanna Blakley doesn't think so. As Deputy Director of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, Blakley studies the impact of intellectual property rights on innovation, and finds that those industries unrestricted by copyrights - such as the fashion industry - thrive in the marketplace, and that "knock-offs" don't actually hinder the sales of original brands. In fact, she believes the ability to "steal" a design leads to greater creativity and a faster evolution of ideas.(4 Comments)
It's rare to find artists who openly allign their works with a conservative political stance, and so when one shows up, I take notice.
This morning I received in my inbox an email from "RPR News" stating artist Meg Michael of Princeton, New Jersey, is offering professional copies of one of her paintings at a "greatly reduced price" ($290) to "serve as an ideal symbol for the new movement dedicated to a reformed conservative government."
So what might this painting depict? My mind immediately conjured up images of protestors from the colonial days dumping crates of tea into the Boston harbor, or perhaps a large pig about to go under the butcher's knife (as in "we need to slash the pork from this bill"). But alas, nothing so bold. Take a look:
Meg Michael's "Tea Party"
The press release goes on to say that Michael's painting "is intended as an apt common focus for loyal tea party members who wish to emphasize their power of unity and to encourage active party participation."
I'm sorry, but I believe the last work of art that's going to inspire "active party participation" is a still-life.