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Andy Baio’s art of copying Jay Meisel

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Mike Masnick, techdirt:

Photography, by its very nature, starts with simply copying what’s on the other side of the lens. Yes, there is more to it on top of that. There are all sorts of artistic choices to be made about how to copy. How to frame, how to focus, how to light, how to shade, how to dodge, how to print, etc. That’s what makes it an artform. But it’s incredibly hypocritical to then decry others similarly making a copy, with similar artistic choices, by somehow claiming that that version of copying is “theft.” So, photographers, please don’t be so quick to decry other artforms that also start with copying, but which also then apply additional artistic choices. If Jay Maisel’s photograph of Miles Davis is unique and original artwork (and I believe it is), then so is the cover of Andy Baio’s album.


Gearing up for whole lot of picture-perfect weddings

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Nicholas Confessore and Michael Barbaro, The New York Times:

Roughly 45,000 gay couples live in New York State, according to census estimates. No exact projection is available for how many will marry here, but officials are readying for thousands, especially in the first week.

“We are training our staff to be prepared for a very large number of people on the first day,” said Michael McSweeney, the New York City clerk, who oversees the marriage bureau. “We are going to be part of history.”

The wedding business is going to boom.

Written by dominiquejames

June 25, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Euphoria, redux!

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Elizabeth A. Harris and Adriane Quinlan, with Alexis Mainland, The New York Times, reports on the euphoria of West Village:

‘We’re there, finally, but we’re not all the way there. This is only one step,’ said a man dressed in drag who identified himself as Lady Havoc, 23, standing in front of the historic bar. Celebration, he said, however, was still in order. ‘Who wants to marry me right now?’

Just two words: I do!

May the gay force/money be with you …

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Money talks. Michael Barbaro, with Danny Hakim, the New York Times:

In the 35th-floor conference room of a Manhattan high-rise, two of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most trusted advisers held a secret meeting a few weeks ago with a group of super-rich Republican donors.

Over tuna and turkey sandwiches, the advisers explained that New York’s Democratic governor was determined to legalize same-sex marriage and would deliver every possible Senate vote from his own party.

Would the donors win over the deciding Senate Republicans? It sounded improbable: top Republican moneymen helping a Democratic rival with one of his biggest legislative goals.

Can’t resist, more from the same article:

The story of how same-sex marriage became legal in New York is about shifting public sentiment and individual lawmakers moved by emotional appeals from gay couples who wish to be wed.

But, behind the scenes, it was really about a Republican Party reckoning with a profoundly changing power dynamic, where Wall Street donors and gay-rights advocates demonstrated more might and muscle than a Roman Catholic hierarchy and an ineffective opposition.

This article reads like a bestselling thriller, with heroes and villains. It seems like a most excellent material for a made-for-television drama or even a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. As “first draft” of a very important piece of contemporary political and social history, it is certainly worth the paper, and the pixels, on which the account is written.

Read the fascinating story in its entirety here.

Written by dominiquejames

June 25, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Copy that …

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Written by dominiquejames

June 25, 2011 at 1:36 AM

For the record, gay marriage approved by New York senate

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Nicholas Confessore and Michael Barbaro, The New York Times:

Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.

New York now joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont to permit same-sex marriage. It is also legal in the District of Columbia.

Update (The New York Times):

Mr. Cuomo signed the measure late Friday, and the law will go into effect in 30 days, meaning that same-sex couples could begin marrying in New York by midsummer. “I am very proud of New York and the statement we made to the nation today,” Mr. Cuomo said.

The Maisel/Biao Incident

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Duncan Davidson, Photographer at large, on the Maisel/Biao incident:

The shame of it all is that while copyright is largely a conversation between corporations, the situation here pits creative against creative with legal tools that are mismatched for the case at hand. Nobody really wins.

Written by dominiquejames

June 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

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