There is nothing beyond happenstance convention which assures a creator credit, recognition, monetary payment, praise, security from appropriation. Much, perhaps all, of the argument in the exhortive post is that used by commercial approriators, thieves and bandits, their henchpersons and sharks, who invoke lop-sided convention to lay claim to creative work, cloaked, as ever, in the mantle of defending near-helpless creators, few of whom enjoy the fruits of convention, and always much less than the upper levels of the copyright heirarchy forever raving about the way things should be: like they want them to be.
Blessed are those who defy this priestly argument for protection of innocents unable to protect themselves without divine intervention from rot-crotched belly-achers hoping to divert attention from their back-channel predations. To be sure, artists and ever more surely, curators, rip off creators. So what. Rip them off in return. Diatribes against ripoff are capable of being entertaining, in a dumb and dumber mode. No artist deserves anything except what they can beg, borrow and steal. Intellectuals deserve nothing except one another. Defenders of artists and intellectuals are up to no good. # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: [EMAIL PROTECTED] and "info nettime-l" in the msg body # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: email@example.com