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RE: Original work

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Ben Schasfoort (Ben.Schasfoort)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 17:46:39 +0100


Hello, all of you,

To sample, to copy, to borrow, to steal it can, all be done with art.
MaryB asked how to explain this (to copy) to students.
Leah answered that borrowing is legitimate as long as it supports a purpose.
My students would say that this is a good answer and they would copy, to
let the images support the concept of getting A's for their work.
We feel that Leah is right. The problem is however how to explain it and
convince students.
I tried with my favorite "visual language" concept.
In verbal language you are not allowed to use texts from others and say
"that is mine". You should always let people know that you used text or
ideas of others. Sometimes you do that by footnotes. Sometimes it is so
clear that you use others' words (everyone knows that sentence or poem),
that it is just a reason not to say that you have it from so and so.
And so on (you are the teacher who can give more examples.)
Compare that with visual language (which -a great deal of- art is).
Am I right or wrong?

Ben Schasfoort