CAA Publishes One-Sided Fair Use Report
The publication, Copyright, Permissions and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report, is available here.
It’s a 90-page report, and in my (very) brief overview the report seems one-sided (surprise!), arguing that artists and art historians now live in permission culture hell.
There are a lot of problems with the College Art Association (I’ve blogged about this one before), but what’s more pernicious is how this nonprofit arts organization continues to champion the poverty and ignorance of artists, all while putting the blame on this thing called copyright law. To boot, they add this language, quotations from artists, as persuasive language in the defense of theft.
Artists often also expressed impatience or disregard for the niceties of copyright; some believed that knowing more would inhibit their own creative impulses. “Steal whatever youwant [during the creative process] — you do have to worry about the legal parts later,” said one. “For me to understand copyright law derails me. I shouldn’t have to know everything about this — it would hurt my work,” said another.
Pass the buck I say. Continue to perpetuate the artist as ignorant bohemian dumbass ideology, and while doing so don’t forget to keep charging these same artists membership fees and access to irrelevant art panels that only the desperate attend. Go West, young CAA!