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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Copyright Piece

From the artist statement:

The 'Copyright Piece' is an audio work made by changing and distorting another audio piece. The 'original' is the subject of a copyright dispute, and was itself procured through questionable circumstances (ie youtube).

The 'purchaser' will sign a contract in which they agree to take over all rights and responsibilities for the piece. There will be no fee for becoming the 'purchaser', only their signature and presentation of identification. After the contract is signed, I will inform the 'purchaser' of the 'original material' used in the production of the 'Copyright Piece'. I will also retain the licensed right to exhibit the artist's copy six times, in consultation with 'the purchaser.' The 'purchaser' will otherwise fully 'own' the piece, all its rights, and attendant responsibilities, legal and otherwise.

The intrinsic value of the 'Copyright Piece' is its mockery of the marketplace. It seeks to replace the medium of money with the medium of risk. The 'purchaser's' role is a performative one, which completes the artwork. If the artwork has an extrinsic value it is to place the art world (already largely based on visual appropriation) in the grey world illicit reproduction that has flourished in our new digital climate.

CD with artist statement and contract

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