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Rob Dunlavey
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"Bratz Birthday Yasmin" $6.00 at Amazon.com
I came across two Boston Globe articles this week that seem pertinent to what we do as commercial artists. I wonder what you think.

"Rival stole Bratz, Mattel claims (link to article)  At trial, toymaker says it owns doll concept, not MGA"
The first is about the Bratz line of "urban" dolls manufactured by MGA. Mattel is suing MGA for stealing the design it says was created by a staff designer as a sketch. The designer later left Mattel and joined MGA at some point where the design was developed further and found a home. The designer, Carter Bryant claims that he was inspired by caricatures he saw and designed the doll idea in-between two separate stints at Mattel. Mattel has reached a private settlement with Bryant but is suing MGA for copyright infringement that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

So, creative people, just what is "employment?" Where do ideas come from? Think you're just a cog in the works? Think again. The wheels of commerce can't run without your intellectual property.
source: Virgin Media 2007
The second item is an interview by Joan Anderman with Jack White that ran this morning.
"White changes Stripes with creative focus on the Raconteurs" (link to article)
This Q & A caught my attention:
"Anderman: The Raconteurs recorded the new album in a state-of-the-art studio rather than the makeshift analog playroom you typically hunker down in. Did that change the music or the experience of making music for you? White: We did "Icky Thump" in the same studio and yes, it does change things. It's not my favorite place to be. I feed off limitations in a lot of ways. I structure myself a lot, and in my little world and in my own head I'm telling myself what not to do. It's hard to have all those knobs and buzzers and toys. I'm not good with that. Opportunity kills creativity for me. What most people think is liberating, for me it isn't, so it was a big thing for me to see if I could do it. We still recorded analog on 16 tracks in a soulful way, but there are a lot of traps in that world."
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Anderman: The music business is in tatters. Does that affect you much?
White: It doesn't affect me, but I don't envy younger musicians. It's changed so much in the 10 years since I started. The new generation bases their idea of success on totally different ideals, about how many friends or comments you have on MySpace. I look out into a crowd and see hundreds of people holding gadgets in the air. The experience now is about filming the band and putting it on your Web page. People have stopped caring about creativity.

I agree with White that limitations are extremely valuable. And I feel that it is the key to creating mature art that seeks to affect people. It's also interesting to hear his impatience with the current emphasis on technology and MySpace piggybacking. Have people "stopped caring about creativity"?


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