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Is Copyright a Guardian Angel or a Killer of Creativity? A Conversation with Alfred Steiner

 

 

The result was an instantly recognizable riff on Jeff Koons’s “Popeye” series – an appropriation from an appropriator who has made headlines in several highly publicized copyright cases. A note beside “Substantially Similar?” left no doubt about its creator’s stance on the passionate arguments for and against copyright laws: “By engaging these issues, the project may also suggest how copyright antagonizes artistic freedom while providing artists no discernible benefit.”

via The Millions : Is Copyright a Guardian Angel or a Killer of Creativity? A Conversation with Alfred Steiner.

Digital Subscription Prices Visualized aka The New York Times Is Delusional

 

As Frédéric Filloux and others have pointed out, The New York Times pricing seems designed not to get people to subscribe digitally, but rather to discourage existing subscribers from cancelling their print subscriptions. I think the chart above validates that view: they apparently have no interest in competing for digital-only dollars.

via Digital Subscription Prices Visualized aka The New York Times Is Delusional.

2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

 

 

Fiction: Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (at The Millions, Egan’s Year in Reading, excerpt)

Nonfiction: Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (excerpt)

Autobiography: Darin Strauss, Half a Life (excerpt)

Criticism: Clare Cavanagh, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West

Biography: Sarah Bakewell, How To Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (at The Millions, excerpt)

Poetry: C. D. Wright, One with Others

via The Millions : 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced.

A Question of Authority: How Does Twitter Verify [Celebrity] Accounts?

 

Twitter has 175 million users and counting and only select, mostly high-profile people are granted “verified” status. How are verified users vetted? Twitter refused to explain the process, saying via e-mail, “we continue to very selectively verify accounts most at risk for impersonation on a one-off and highly irregular basis.”

 

How Does Twitter Verify Celebrity Accounts? – Speakeasy – WSJ.