LIFE IN A DIGITAL WORLD
BY MARTHA BUSKIRK
"What happens in the intersections between our physical and virtual lives? Starting with the phones in our pockets, almost all of us have willingly traded away some degree of privacy for convenience. It only gets worse from there, as “smart” devices of all kinds work their way into daily use. In addition to privacy concerns, everyday sharing of found or modified content puts us potentially at odds with an incessant ownership culture based on copyright’s pervasive reach."
"..and the revelations about a company called Clearview AI have been especially alarming : it has scraped social networks and other sources (often in apparent violation of user agreements) to amass a huge database of human faces that allows real-time identification of people in public spaces. Among the users of its services have been law enforcement agencies, including some in places where such practices are forbidden by local regulations. Based on information revealed by lawsuits against Clearview in Illinois and California, legislators elsewhere have been rushing to enact their own protections."
"A district court found fair use in a series of silk-screen images of Prince that Warhol based on a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith, but not-so-fast said the appeals court, rather paradoxically ruling that Warhol’s works were not “transformative” even though they “display the distinct aesthetic sensibility that many would immediately associate with Warhol’s signature style.”