Is ‘Fair Use’ Fair

The article Kind of Screwed claims, “There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about “fair use” on the Internet.”

The article Appeal Finds Fair Use In Richard Prince’s “Canal Zone” Series states, “Still, the appeal leaves it to the lower court to decide just how much an artist needs to affect an image in order to change it.”

According to both articles, they state the same thing only in dissimilar words. I believe the new law to ‘fair use’ is indifferent to web users. Both users were sued for similar motives. I chose these two quotes because I agree. In my previous blog post I stated, “Fair use is the act of copying but in the use of comments, critique, or parody of a copyright.” It is only fair to acknowledge the creator of an image, video, music production and many other artistic works. There is no telling what that person as a group or individual went through to get where they are now. Let’s say for example, your friend asked you to create a mind-blowing canvas for her 21st birthday party. This image is going to be epic.Why!? Because it will be original. Your very own design on paper. Would it not be fair if you didn’t receive credit or recognition for your exertion? Or as you all may remember the good old days when schools would organize a gathering just to celebrate you. All of your family members, friends, teachers, counselors, school principle and many others who recognizes you as unique gather for a special ceremony performed for you. Because it was worth your talent, your hard-work and your idea to be known to all. Now you’re probably thinking about the way it made you feel.

The first article describing and illustrating to the readers of Andy Baio’s re-creation left me jaw dropping. I am an emergent photographer and with all due respect, there are some images that is worth re-creating. It’s not the idea that is being changed. It is the visual of an idea. And I believe this is what Baio was expressing in his photos. I actually thought it was pretty cool. Personally, it must have been time consuming to put together a pixel version of an image. But it was worth the time.

In both cases, the usage of art ended as a criminal judgment. Considering the law, these men were freely expressing their creativity. The first quote is fairly stating that users are easily misled by the laws of fair use. I believe this is true because, you cannot just take the work of someone other than yourself and find no suit to fit their craft. A subject we are all familiar with is plagiarism. Plagiarism is merely the act of taking ones work, claiming it is originally theirs. However, plagiarism is not considered plagiarism unless it is not recognized by the author. A piece is not plagiarized or accepted if not quoted. Get the point? It is the same construction or concept in copyright and fair use.

Each of us has a talent and a creative mind, and I believe there is so much more to our minds than we comprehend. For instance, in the second article about Richard Prince it seems there has to be a limited degree before an image is considered modified. Whether or not he knew his work, I thought he attempted to be ridiculous. He didn’t just change the image but he changed the saturation of it. I do not think this image was thoughtfully put together as the ones by Baio. It was just cropped, erased, pasted and drawn on.

I understand the points made to both the artist and re-creative artist.  Nevertheless, my conviction toward this is unfairness. After reading and understanding both articles, I have come to a conclusion that the law of fair use is not working. People will always find a way to express their creativity whether they are given credit to or not. What is fair and what is denoted will only suffice in the doctrines of fair use. And if copyright is meant to protect an original piece, I would not alternate the laws of fair use.

I Finally Got In!

Hey eveyone!

I finally got my WordPress site! It took me a long time to get this beacause I have tried many times to get this up and going. If Proessor Smith hadn’t emailed me that tutorial on how to sign up, I would have been so lost.  I actually wanted to hold it off for Monday’s class for Professor Seslow to walk me through it. But the video was definelty helpful. This is my procedure in getting my site up. First I went to the Reclaim Hosting site which directed me to the Client Area to search the availabilty for my Domain Name. Fortunatley enough for me the Domain Name I previously checkout was still available. I guess it was holding it’s place for me.  Once I checked out for my site I then recieved a confirmation notice via email, which I confirmed. This part of the walk through was easy and fast!

In my client area I then clicked on cPanel as directed by my professors. Now at this point I was a bit flustered because when I clicked on the WordPress icon, my Installatron page DID NOT load. I had to reload the page a bunch of times and I was still having an issue with the site. I also tried signing in and out of my site a few times and went through the same process. At this point, I got very frustrated and that is when I decided to reach out to Professor Smith! He immediately responded to my problem and suggested that I reload the page. No kiding right?… But I did it anyway. Just to satisfy myself in hope that he did something on his end, Unfortunately, he didn’t… I replied with a more detailed explaination as to what I ‘m getting on my PC and he then suggested that I send in a help ticket… A help ticket? Who actually uses those? Well, I didn’t ask that but I thought it. So I sent in a help ticket. Within a mintue or two I received an email from Jim Groom himself. He basically looked into the issue and found nothing. I did not get my WordPress installed last night, but I just got it! And I am so relieved. It turns out my browser was an issue, because I signed in at York and it loaded immediatley. I went ahead to continue the process: Install the app, logged into WordPress, and now here I am! It was a very frustrating process at first but it was worth it in the end. I finally have my very own Domain site! Thanks to professors’ Smith and Seslow.

I would like to personalize my site by creating a theme of  inspiration,  teamwork. I chose my domain name because it represents my initial and I’m really into all kinds of media productions. Therefore, it means you will find a variety of media productions provided by me.