I lean toward the backpack to see if it tic-tocs like my nonna’s alarm clock. Bombs don’t even work that way anymore if I’m to believe all the TV I watch. They’re detonated by cell phones talking to a clutch of wires the color of Fruit Loops. C4 like Silly Putty with caps pressed into its gumminess. Pressure cookers are filled with coffin nails and ball bearings to shatter shinbones and chew flesh into scars that will never be sewn straight. Before the autumn fifteen years ago, I paid no attention to bags left alone. Not in airports. Not anywhere. Please report any unattended luggage… were just more words to ignore, like how to use a seatbelt or breathe normally. But now, bags left alone suck all of my attention. Huge suitcases lugged into crowds, rolling behind young men on casters like laundry bins. I watch closely. My mind assembles backstories. It’s just a couple of kids in town killing time before check-in at their hotel. I know that, but I wish I had x-ray eyeballs to see inside the case only for a second. To know it’s just their best undies and travel duds. Because all I see is a tangle of death and pain ready for enough heat, a baby spark, to turn everything to fire and smoke. The bag on the chair in the library is sleek. New. Bought at the airport in Dubai maybe? Or Zurich? In transit? It looks unused. European. No wear on the straps. The color’s still vivid. It sits there like a fat baby at breakfast on a wide wood chair across the table from me. 10 minutes unattended now. 12 maybe. How long before I blow the whistle? How long before someone comes to claim it? How long before I walk the fuck out and leave all these people to die in flames? How long is too long?
[Painting: Man with Suitcase by Bill Traylor, 1939-42]
Okay, so, I see a lot of problems with people getting works stolen off the internet because the art is in a “public space.” While yes, that is true, the internet is public space and art is posted there, but that doesn’t make it public property, properly known as “Public Domain.”
“Art becomes public domain only after 70 years after the artist who made the work has DIED, 95 years after publication, or 120 years after creation, which ever comes first”. (Source). This is why you are allowed to use famous works like Van Gogh’s “Starry Knight” or Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” freely with out copyright issues, the artist have died well over 70 years ago, thus the work they have produced is now free for the pubic to use.
Posting art on the internet is not considered published works. “Published works are works that are made into copies able to distribute to the public.” (Source). Posting art on a site like tumblr, deviantart, message boards, youtube, vimeo, or any other number of websites are meant for display, not for redistribution unless the artist as stated that: “This work is available for redistribution.” However, if you do not see that sentence anywhere, then that art is purely for display only and you must ask that artist permission to use that work unless you are favoriting it on deviantart, reblogging/liking on tumblr/blogspot, adding the video/song to a playlist on youtube, etc.
Now, until the art work is under public domain, the works in question are protected under “Intellectual Property.” Where artist, inventors, writers, creators in general, are protected under the constitution and have full ownership of the works they have created from the moment it is created. (Source). Taking someone’s work that does not belong to you is considered theft and punishable by the full extent of the law. Meaning, the case can be taken to court and serious repercussions will ensue for the offender. (Source). The works are not just protected in the US, but world wide, and outlined in “article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” (Source).
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author. (Source).
TL;DR: Yes the internet is public space, but that does not mean the works on the internet is considered public domain. All works are protected by Intellectual Property until it has been 70 years after artist’s death, 95 years after publication, or 120 years after date of creation; whatever comes first. Posting works on the internet does not count as publishing.
It is safe to say, any works created now will not be free to use publicly in your lifetime unless stated otherwise by the creator them self.
Please fire me. I was hired as a graphic designer and I was told before I started that they had all of the design software for me to use. On my first day, they told me they needed a poster designed by the end of the day. When I turned on the computer, all they had for me to use was Microsoft Paint.
SouRin stepping up their game! But Sousuke, you are embarrassing. At least let Rin change before you kiss him, but it’s okay he seems to be liking it an awful lot. TAT Surprisingly, Sousuke was fun to draw with Rin since they just look so good together it should be a crime just arrest each other. OTL