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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 1:02pm

    Amen. Best Mimi & Eunice yet.

     

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    D. Hope-Ross (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 1:33pm

    Real artists donít wait
    For lawyers and officials
    To give permission.

    See also, the street art movement (formerly graffiti).

     

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    Joe Publius (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 1:34pm

    Artists are obviously rebels and pirates of the worst sort.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 1:39pm

    Re: Scum!

    "Artists are obviously rebels and pirates of the worst sort."
    Yes. I'm impressed, most people are completely unaware of the part graffiti played in the Rebels being able to defeat the Empire.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 1:43pm

    It's a good thing someone is out there to tell us who the "real artists" are.

    Otherwise, how would we know?

     

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    Jesse Jenkins, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:01pm

    Old School

    I forget the details on the syllable count, but when I was first taught Haiku, there was a requirement to include a reference somewhere within to "nature" and also to the "seaon".

    I grant it's cute, insightful, and fun.

    Haiku, it's not.

     

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    crade (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:21pm

    Re: Old School

    "Lawyers" is obviously a metonym for winter / death.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Old School

    Poetic fail:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku

    Back to school for you!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:27pm

    Who pays Nina Paley's rent?

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:33pm

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    Same way we know who the real trolls are. Instinct.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:33pm

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    Who pays yours?

     

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    crade (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:36pm

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    I'm sure she must still live with her parents.. She couldn't possibly get her own money if she doesn't rely on government legislation to make up access restrictions on the things she makes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:58pm

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    Your instincts are usually better

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 3:28pm

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    Heh. Actually I was thinking after I posted... "And it's not always easy."

     

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    ANON, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 3:30pm

    Re: Old School

    Some things taught in school are not correct. Syllable is all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 3:53pm

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    I just get annoyed when people use their own personal tastes or beliefs as the definition of what's "authentic" or "real" or "good," especially when it comes to art.

    If someone is creating something worthwhile, I don't think the fact they are doing it for profit, or doing it on commission or as part of employment, or doing it (gasp!) with the advice of an attorney, makes it any more or less worthwhile, or more or less artistic.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 4:12pm

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    But this doesn't say anything about making money or doing commissions... and I don't think it's saying there are no circumstances in which permission is necessary either. The point is just that when you simply want to create art, because you have the urge, then you go ahead and create it, piddling legalities be damned. If it means you have to lock it up in a box and never let anyone see it, fine - better that than being pre-censored by ridiculous laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 4:26pm

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    I do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 4:27pm

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    No, she doesn't live with her parents.

    But she doesn't pay her rent via her "art".

    So how does she pay it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 4:39pm

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    Question answered

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:00pm

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    Hmmm...maybe there should be a guide to artists types:

    - Sold out type: The one that cares more about money, than art, it may or may not be talented, but mostly produces things people want to buy and not for love, it would never work for love of art but for love of money and status, generally devoid of empathy which may be the cause of most of crappy work being done today.

    - True artist: The one emotional, irrational, that loves what he/she/it(think of the aliens) does and continuously produce, ignoring what others think or pay for it. Will produce even if it goes deaf, blind, starve or is threatened.

    - Bully: Is the one that expends more time fighting with others then producing something.

    There are other types I'm sure, people could start thinking about those things.

    Can you imagine Da Vinci not producing anything if he was not paid, how would he learn anything, how he would discover all those things he discovered if his drive was only financial? How would he learn if others where trying to stop him from producing something? According to some historians more than once he got in trouble because of his curiosity as did most of the others great names in history.

    Ridiculous laws like copyright that can't possibly produce sane results are not to be taken seriously and will go away with time.

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:07pm

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    What can you create that is worthwhile if you cannot use anything created before you?

    I doubt anything worthwhile will appear from the ether often.

    We are the collection of our experiences that ends up as something, if we are left alone in the middle of nowhere we die, we can't think of everything and have only original ideas, that is not how humans function and the law today doesn't reflect that simple fact. Instead creates a mythical world romanticized that could never work and it doesn't.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:29pm

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    But she doesn't pay her rent via her "art".

    Er... did she say that?

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:33pm

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    Gah, you are such a child...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:36pm

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    I bet her rent is paid for by some corporation and their bean counters and lawyers. Typical artists, too stupid to pay their own way.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 6:44pm

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    No Marcus, it's making a very valid point.

    That is, that it is really easy for someone that doesn't need to make a living via art to criticize others that do.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 7:00pm

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    What good is art that doesn't touch another mind?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 7:22pm

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    Maybe that's because she does work for that corporation. Typical corporations, too stupid to do their own work.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 8:14pm

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    No, I mean you are a child because you play silly games like saying "Who pays Nina Paley's rent?" then responding to the same question with "I do." If that's your answer, then the answer to your question is "Nina Paley", isn't it?

    You haven't told us what you do for a living.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 8:17pm

    Re: Re: Old School

    Syllable is not all. See above link. Syllable, in fact, was never really real (they counted something slightly different from syllables) - and in modern haiku, counting at all is increasingly rare

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 8:21pm

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    I'm not sure where everyone is getting all these weird ideas... Nina is a professional artist who sells her work under the least-restrictive licenses possible. She's not moonlighting at Burger King. As far as I can see she's fairly successful...

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 12:16am

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    In your universe, I bat all artists are secretly shop-monkeys who live with their parents and play WoW or RIFT or LoL.

    Reality is different.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 5:39am

    Sort of the usual crap.

    If the art you want to make is illegal, perhaps it really isn't art, just replication and duplication of other's work.

    I would think that artists would be more respective of other artists. But then again, first you would have to be an artist, not a hack.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 9:37am

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    Whenever someone says crap like this, you can tell that their idea of art is their TimeLife Classis Beethoven Boxed Set and the landscape painting they bought from an auction at their country club - and nothing else.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 9:40am

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    Perhaps I am being a bit over-lyrical when I say "lock it in a box" - I just mean that if you are inspired to create art, you should create it, and find out afterwards if copyright bullshit is going to make it hard/illegal to share (obviously before locking it in a box you would "leak" some copies to the web!)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 10:03am

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    Why is the art illegal in the first place? Oh right, the bean counters and the lawyers. Can't have art without the bean counters and the lawyers.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 1:17pm

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    An Unmade Bed begs to differ.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 1:37pm

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    Art isn't illegal, that is sort of the point here. What the cartoon does is create a massive strawman, because art isn't illegal. However, replicating or duplicating someone else's art without permission does leave someone open for a lawsuit and perhaps more. The difference is a real artist wouldn't feel the need to just duplicate someone else's work.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 4:50pm

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    There are a lot of things that many, many people consider to be extremely high quality art, not mere "replication", and yet which is illegal because it borrows elements from other works and does entirely new things with them. There are even more great works from history (even recent history) that, if they were done in today's IP climate, would be illegal.

    So are you prepared to assert everything from Dangermouse's Grey Album to the Beggar's Opera to the works of Andy Warhol are simply "replications" and have no artistic value? Are you willing to claim that The Verve is owed absolutely none of the credit for the massive success of "Bitter Sweet Symphony", and it was right for 100% of copyrights and songwriting credits to be transferred to Mick Jagger because they used "too much of a sample"? Is it right that nobody can buy DVDs of a classic piece of pop culture like WKRP In Cincinnati, because lingering copyright disputes and complicated contract clauses on the music used in the show prevent it?

    I'm not saying you can't claim these things. If you truly believe that ALL art which steps on the toes of copyright is not actually art, then so be it - but I think you have to make a stronger case for it. There is a lot of art in this world that is illegal or legally questionable thanks to copyright - and it has a lot of fans, a lot of critical support and a lot of expert opinion to back it up as very real and genuine art. You can't just brush it all off as "replicating or duplicating" and provide nothing to back that up. I mean, have you ever listened to the Grey Album? Or the Magical Mystery Chambers? Because claiming that they that they are mere replication is clearly a simplification - so I'd really like to hear your explanation of why they don't count as art.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 7:29pm

    Deal, Heal, Meal, Peal, Real, Seal, Teal, Veal.

    That's sixteen syllables to my ear. Haiku is 5, 7, and 5.

    True artists don't wait...

     

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    darryl, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 10:46pm

    Oh dear, its "art' again

    if you can call it that..

    sorry the best I could possibly give you is 2 out of 10, for 'trying'.

    its not artistic, it's not funny, it is not informative, it is not incitefull.

    I would have thought that at least if you were going to go to the effort of drawing some "pictures" you would have put a little thought about the subject matter.

    or at least be relevant.. but not..

    thats why 2/10...


    some people are capable of educating and amusing us at the same time, you do neither.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jun 5th, 2011 @ 12:06am

    Re: Oh dear, its "art' again

    Did you lose your Aussie humour in the sea? OR was it when you left?

     

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    Cartoonist, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 6:15am

    Another great typo!

    I think you've proven it's inciteful.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:19am

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    When you borrow too much, the art itself is diminished.

    Dangermaus is very talented, but it is easy to confuse a skill with being an artist. Some pipe layers are very accurate and do a really great job. Are they just skilled, or are they artists?

    You sort of run down a list of absolutely statements, none of which are true. The Verve did a good job as musical performers, but as artists, they lacked a little creativity there.

    The WKRP case is because the original producers failed to get appropriate licenses at the time (they cheaped out) and it is no longer financially viable at the sales levels of the DVDs to pay for licensing. That isn't a failing of the system, that is the failing of producers who cheaped out up front to make a little more profit. It will all fall into the public domain one day, and then you can enjoy it all you like.

    Let me put the question back to you in reverse: Would the world be a worse place without the Grey Album? Would the artistic community be hampered by this? Would his time as an artist have been better spent coming up with someone new rather than just merging the old? Can you really justify it as a needed part of culture?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:36am

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    That's the funny thing about culture that seems to elude you; it's not up to you, it's up to the artists, all of them and the public, or their audience, all of them too.

    No bean counters or lawyers needed.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jun 5th, 2011 @ 1:44pm

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    Would the world be a worse place without the Grey Album?

    Yes. The world is a worse place every time art is censored. And if you really think you can compare the grey album to laying pipe, then I'm really glad you aren't in charge of deciding what art is.

    Would the artistic community be hampered by this?

    Yes. The popularity of the Grey Album spawned a huge trend of mashups, some of which have been crappy, some of which have been very very good, and MANY of which have been a young producer's first foray into creating and sharing music. Of course, you don't consider any of that art, because you are a very simple person, apparently.

    Would his time as an artist have been better spent coming up with someone new rather than just merging the old?

    By merging the old, he came up with something that sounds nothing like either. Ever heard the expression "whole greater than the sum of its parts"? Yeah, that's what it is. It is something new. Even what you call "new" compositions are in fact compiled out of all the music the artist has heard before - how this note goes with that note, how this chord follows that chord, how this type of bass compliments this type of guitar. It's all a compilation of past experience.

    Can you really justify it as a needed part of culture?

    Can you say in all assuredness that you are qualified to be the arbiter of what is "justified" in terms of culture? Because if so, you must be pretty full of yourself.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 4:33pm

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    They should just come out and say that collage, which has been around for centuries, should be illegal.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 5:34am

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    No, artists are obviously rebels and pirates of the best sort.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 5:38am

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    That is, that it is really easy for someone that doesn't need to make a living via art to criticize others that do.

    No one needs to make a living from their art. The people who claim to have that need are essentially throwing tantrums because they think that they're entitled to make a living doing what they love.

    News Flash: You do what you love because you love to do it. End of story. Most people work a day job, and then do what they love in their spare time and I've got zero sympathy for snivelers who cry about not making a mint from their art, or actually having to work to make money from their talent, just like everyone else does.

    I'll tell you what, it takes talent and work to earn money in sales. It takes talent and work to earn money in customer service. It takes talent and work to earn money as a mechanic. It takes talent and work to earn money as a blogger. It takes talent and work to earn money in every single industry, including music and art.

    You can make all the art you want without getting paid for it. A monetary exchange that benefits the artist isn't necessary for the artist to create art. Look at the countless number of artists who didn't make money from their art in their lifetimes, and only gained recognition after their deaths.

    Let me be clear: The unwillingness of the public to support artists has never stopped the creation of art, and never will.

    If you want to create art, create it. If you want to share your art, share it. If you want to make money, make it. You don't automatically deserve money from me just because you created art and shared it. The end. Deal with it.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 5:41am

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    The WKRP case is because the original producers failed to get appropriate licenses at the time (they cheaped out) and it is no longer financially viable at the sales levels of the DVDs to pay for licensing.

    You can't say the same of Daria, yet there it is. It's not 'cheap' producers, but insane copyright laws that only really benefit a few corporations that are the problem here.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 5:43am

    Re: Oh dear, its "art' again

    its not artistic, it's not funny, it is not informative, it is not incitefull.

    Have you ever heard the word 'subjective'?

     

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    dwg, Jun 8th, 2011 @ 2:23pm

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    That is some of the dumbest shit I've ever heard. First of all, it's "respectful." Second (it would be first, but I had to correct your grammar to make this point), when has being "respectful" been a touchstone for artists? Artists push the discourse forward by NOT being respectful, by exploding shit, by using what they want. You're a fuckwit.

    No offense.

     

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    dwg, Jun 8th, 2011 @ 2:27pm

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    ...and some people have an amazing knack for pissing me off by saying stupid shit that adds nothing to anything. Congratulations. Did you draw a cartoon this morning? I didn't think so.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2011 @ 1:49pm

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    "The difference is a real artist wouldn't feel the need to just duplicate someone else's work."

    what tha ****?

    there are really people who'd SAY that? no the intrawebs must be lying to me, NOBODY can say something this out of touch with reality

    unless... somebody payed them to it

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2011 @ 1:53pm

    Re: Oh dear, its "art' again

    "some people are capable of educating and amusing us at the same time, you do neither."
    No U

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2011 @ 1:55pm

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    "Would his time as an artist have been better spent coming up with someone new rather than just merging the old?"

    ?? all you did was merge an OLD old old argument that's been around forever ago instead of making a "new" one, apparently you thought it was worth spending time on, i think that answers the question

     

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