Re: The Politics of the Bootleg

From: Lisa Oppenheim (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jun 10 2008 - 22:31:16 PDT

Tony- I love your work. And I have enormous respect for you and your practice. Hell, you named the Velvet fucking Underground. But on this point I think you have it wrong. It is not about your work or the way it disseminated, it is about representations of the work. Who owns a youtube clip of a video taped off a monitor? Is that the work? That's like saying a postcard of the Mona Lisa is the intellectual property of Leonardo.
Much respect,

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Subject: Re: The Politics of the Bootleg
From: Tony Conrad <(address suppressed)>
Date: Wed, June 11, 2008 2:04 am
To: email suppressed

Thanks Rick--------

I agree of course: your point is that STRATEGICALLY speaking it makes sense to
disseminate one's work as widely a possible. My point remains: the decision to
PURSUE this strategem, or not to do so, should belong to the owner (maker) of the


On Tue Jun 10 19:48 , Rick Prelinger <footage@PANIX.COM> sent:
>I defend Tony's right to know where his work is going and steer it in a
direction he feels appropriate. But the times may not favor his or any artist's
exclusive control. For Tony, I suspect there is value in maintaining a measure
of control and scarcity. I'd only say that the more people that get to see his
work and appreciate his career, the value of the billable events that happen
around his work will increase. This has been our story.
>Rick Prelinger
>Prelinger Library & Archives, San Francisco
>Board President, Internet Archive
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