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Artist NestBlog Entry: May 6th 2011

Taking a brief moment to publicly respond a handful of enquiries received over the last couple of weeks regarding the aforementioned. I had initially drafted an in-depth post to address the issue but on reflection opted to publish a short summary instead.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” – Charles Coltan

Dot com name sake in question was registered on March 14th 2011 by an individual based in the United States with a one year renewal lease. To explicitly state for the record is not in anyway affiliated to that site.

Charles Coltan said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but nobody likes a leech. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware and appreciative of the fact that creation or creative process is in part built on taking ideas, inspirations and influences from each other and the wider society at large however there is a fine line between this and goddam theft.

Truth be told, I have little regard for random opportunists be it private individuals or commercial entities who unashamedly steal other people’s intellectual property through plagiarist acts because they have no sense of pride or self worth. Besides, any imitation holds no real value where an original exist.

Brazen thievery aside, I am genuinely in favour of any platform that support or promote emerging artists by demystifying the arts and making it more accessible and engaging to a wider demography of people from all walks of life be it through the medium of print, broadcast television and radio, independently run blogs or good old fashion face to face networking events.


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