Note: Henceforth, all TUEBL updates shall be collected into The One Thread TO RULE THEM ALL!
Without even offering to buy dinner first! Chivalry, gentlemen! Where has it gone?
In between working like crazy on my 52 short stories for the 52 Short Stories Challenge and pulling together my second collection of stories in This Brave New World (promised it’d be out this summer, didn’t I?), I’ve been dancing in and out of the very heated battle over our beloved ebook library, TUEBL.
While there was much tantrum throwing there was also some more level-headed and intelligent discourse – more on that in another post. But what gave me the LOL of the week were the particularly vehement reactions of one R.S Mellette in a discussion on AgentQuery. Being a not-terribly violent person, I can’t even begin to adequatly describe his reaction, so see for yourself: (it’s kind of little, so I copied the text underneath)
Me: The argument that what is illegal is also immoral astounds and disappoints me beyond words. That artists – historically speaking, the questioning voices that persist and often fly in the face of law – would argue this is just beyond me.
I couldn’t agree more! As an Artist, I think that beating your head in until it looks like a cubist painting would be fine piece of performance art. Sure, it’s illegal, but not immoral. It’s Art! Plus, you’ve stolen from my friends, so that definitely makes it okay from a moral point of view.
But wait, that’s not all! I’d be doing you a favor, because your head looks like it’s not shaped right now, so I don’t need your permission to make you more attractive to others. After all, we’re the ones who have to look at it.
As for Artists not sticking to the law… Copyright law was proposed by artists of all disciplines to protect their work. Anyone who steals from an artist is a thief and needs to go to jail. (Okay, maybe not teenagers downloading music, but certainly the person who allows the downloads).
Had Mr. Mellette cut to the end and asserted up front his opinion that copyright protects artists’ work, the AgentQuery thread may very well have had potential for real debate. But as for bashing in my head, I must admit to being insufficiently prepared to debate that particular topic.
For now, I shall stick to writing and cheering on the libraries, the Pirates in Parliament, the heroic civil liberties defenders, and my very own New York Pirate Party - you guys rock & are totally worth the threat of getting my head bashed in!
Anyone want to bet how this one’s going to end?