Great post on regretsy, where instead of being scared by a c&d order, the blogger did her homework and kicked some ass. Yes, artists should be paid for work, but you can’t just bill the people who give you unfavourable critique. That is lame.
I make art. My art is easily stealable (totally a word) online. I don’t watermark, and I really don’t care. If someone likes my work enough to steal it, in low res compressed as hell style, go nuts kids. Seriously, I’d be flattered if one of my unlicensed photos was on someone’s desktop.
Wherever possible, I support other artists. I see live music, (last night I paid $10 to see a friend’s band play, even though they were on their last song), I buy records, I buy art (as much as I can afford), and I promote the crap out of anyone who makes killer stuff.
Went to see Gentleman Reg on Wednesday (killer show, opening night for Canadian Music Week), bought a record, and on my way out, asked if I could take a photo of him and his friend (band manager possibly?). He noticed that I had bought a record and gave me a download of his new album. This kind of interaction (I don’t want to call it a transaction – ick) seems very… indicative of the way things are heading. I hope so. I hate the mall.
Title credit: Wildlife, Matches