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  • Feb 26th, 2010 @ 3:07pm

    Fair Use? (as Mike Ashton)

    First I do not believe there is any regulation to who can view the "PUBLIC Memorial" and photograph it.
    Second I paid for it and so did every tax paying American.
    We own it not the artist. The use of the images of the Statue of Liberty, Iwo Jima Flag Raising, The Lincoln Memorial, and Mt. Rushmore have all been used as U.S. Postage Stamps and therefore set a precedent for usage of "PUBLIC Memorials" on U.S. Postage Stamps, not some group of nitwits that can only define life by what you CAN'T do.
    The intent of the copyright laws is to keep "people and corporations" from making profit on an individuals private efforts. The Stamp in question has a value of 37 cents, as is the common price of a stamp. If the stamp was being sold for $10.00 each then you could assert that someone was making a profit. It will probably be 20 years before the value increases to that point if it ever does.
    I suggest the artist grow up and get on with life. He had his 15 minutes of fame, further time in the "lime light" may prove to be his undoing and cause him to be scrutinized by the public and the press bringing about an end to his carrier because no one will buy his art.

  • Oct 31st, 2009 @ 1:38am

    Oregon Tries Claiming Copyright Over Gov't Materials Again (as Mike Ashton)

    May be the Oregon State Attorney General Should read the Article About "Firebowls,copyright, and Crowdfunding.
    and get a real understanding of that copyright is intended to protect the creative act and enable the person to make a profit not, cut out all competition...that's a monopoly and that is illegal on the federal level.
    Just another power hungry individual that can't handle his own political problems with ease and grace. Like Nixon he may have the tenacity to eventually succeed, we can only hope not.