I am included in an exhibition that opened Wednesday night 11/5 from 7-9pm at Intersection for the Arts called “Determining Domain” and dealing with the complex issues regarding intellectual property and image ownership. Featuring Bigface, Scott Kildall & Nathaniel Stern, Sanaz Mazinani, Farnaz Shadravan, Stephanie Syjuco, and Scott Tsuchitani. Details below!

November 7, 2012 – January 19, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday November 7, 2012, 7–9pm, FREE
Members VIP Reception: Wednesday November 7, 2012, 6–7pm, RSVP ryan@theintersection.org
Gallery & Community Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12–6pm, FREE

Image credit: Sanaz Mazinani, Redacted March, 2011 (detail)

Intersection for the Arts presents Determining Domain, a group exhibition featuring work by seven artists – Bigface, Scott Kildall & Nathaniel Stern, Sanaz Mazinani, Farnaz Shadravan, Stephanie Syjuco, and Scott Tsuchitani – that explore complex issues regarding intellectual property and image ownership.  This exhibition about our visual landscape also features descriptions and images from leading U.S. court cases (such as Art Rogers v. Jeff Koons, Shepard Fairey v. Associated Press) on copyright issues pertaining to contemporary art. Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it.  Creativity is impossible without a rich public domain. Should anyone be allowed to use prior works as inspiration?  Of course they should.  Should anyone be allowed to then say that the only way they can convey their message is to use the words or works of another?  That raises a tougher question.  Should it be required that people either come up with their own original words, or pay for the privilege of using someone else’s words, or art, to convey their message?

Ultimately, all issues of ownership and copyright infringement center around usage and how someone will use an image and information.  Money seems to be very tied into the notion of ownership and infringement – either multiple parties fight over the profits from an image, an individual or group fights to protect the integrity of an image from being commercially tainted, or someone seeks a financial substitute for what they deem to be an inappropriate use of an image.  Damages are usually awarded when the use either damages the creator/author financially, or reputation-wise.  Imagine the public domain of a world in which no image is regulated and conversely, in which every image is regulated. This exhibition was organized with the assistance of independent curator Kim Munson and Founding Director of the IP Law Program at Golden Gate University School of Law Marc Greenberg.

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