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As an artist you need to be true to yourself. If you are a landscape painter, if that is what you want to be, paint landscapes, the same if you want to do abstract sculpture or make conceptual sound art. if that is were your creative soul lies, do it. I my slef do not like art that is unnecassarily complex, that it confuses people, it should convey a message from the artist. it doesn’t need to be political it could simply say here is a beautiful lake. But one should be open minded about art, just because I want to paint doesn’t mean i don’t admire glass art, or electronic art or photography. If it is clever or well presented I will like it. I think that sometimes art gets a little caught up in itself, with artists trying to out do each other in terms of shock value or newness.

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The Tetons and Snake River

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Manzanar War Relocation Center

“Oh so Criminal” is a politically based video  that Smith has used to draw attention to the many loop holes in current copyright laws. It samples clips from many different movies and music vids. These clips are used in order to make a political statement and are therefore not in violation of copyright.  But one can see how many people may be offended by this clip especially if it is your work that has had it’s copyright circumvented due to such legal loop holes. There is however a certain wit to this video in that it draws attention to this problem in a way that is amusing and pointed.

The film “12 Monkeys” was a sci-fi movie released in December 1995. It starred Burce Willis and Brad Pitt in lead roles. In it there is an interrogation chair that is very similar to one sketched  by American artist Lebbeus Woods titled “Neomechanical Tower (Upper) Chamber”.  The chair in the film  is clearly inspired by Wood’s design and therefore the directors and Universal Studios have committed a clear violation of copyright.

Does  George Harrison’s song “My Sweet Lord”  infringe upon the musical ideas used by Ronald Mack’s in his tune “He’s So Fine” ?

The  melody and chordal structure are clearly similar, but George Harrison’s  lyrics and  his use of  softer vocals and an instrumental  section produce a very different musical effect. Harrison uses a much slower tempo which combined with the guitar instrumental produces a folk music quality compared with  Ronald Mack’s  Mowtown pop  sound  in “He’s So Fine”.
These differences make “My Sweet Lord” a much different  song from “He’s So Fine”, therefore George Harrison  has no case to answer, there is no clear copyright violation.