Taking a brief moment to publicly respond to a handful of email enquiries received over the past couple of weeks in relation to 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 Colton
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 artistnest.wordpress.com is not in anyway affiliated to that site.
Charles Caleb Colton said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. True, however nobody likes a leech. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware and appreciative of the fact that the art of creation and the creative process is in part built on taking ideas, inspirations and influences from each other and the wider society at large but there is a fine line between being influenced by someone 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 as a consequence of having no sense of pride or self worth. More importantly, 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 back to basics networking events.