The Cult of Jeff Koons by Jed Perl (via CultureCrash) â€” Jeff Koons is known in the copyright world as a defendant inÂ at least two major decisions involving appropriation art (Rogers v Koons and Blanch v Koons). Here, the New York Review of Books runs a gutting critique of his latest exhibition, a retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. “Koons, simply put, is Duchamp with lots of ostentatious trimmings. This is not a pretty sight. Duchampâ€™s readymades have an almost monastic austerity. Koons has bulked them up, transforming the ultimate insiderâ€™s art into the art that will not shut up.”
U2 and the Irony of â€œPermission Rageâ€ â€” “All those folks busy downloading all that music for all those years that just seemed to be out there for the taking: do you think they were getting anyoneâ€™s permission? All the music sitting there on all the torrent sites, waiting to be taken, 24 hours a dayâ€”how much of that is up there with anyoneâ€™s permission? But oh my goodness, dare to insert 11 U2 songs into my iCloud storage area and suddenly I am Lord High Minister of Permission? Ironic, ainâ€™t it?”
Using Search Results to Fight Piracy â€” Smith, Sivan, and Telang released a new study this week that examined howÂ the prominence of pirate and legal sites in search results impacts consumersâ€™ choices for infringing versus legal content. Their “results suggest that reducing the prominence of pirate links in search results can reduce copyright infringement.”
Common Ground: How Intellectual Property Unites Creators and Innovators â€” And if you’re in the DC area in October, consider attending this CPIP conference, with a keynote by Richard Epstein and two days of fascinating panel discussions.