copyright laws

I was asked by BILDKUNST.DE

to delete the images by
(these were the names spelled out)


Loretta Lux,
Man Ray,
Valie Export,
August Sander
Lotte Reiniger


and every other artist represented by them or to pay a fee for publishing their images.
They represent around 126 000 artists from around the world.


Now I was expected to look up in their database to see
whom they stand for.
I just made one test: Both Jochen Lempert and Arne Schmitt, favorites of mine,
are represented by “Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst”.


I realized, that they were asking me to destroy my blog.
Time Machine doesn´t exist anymore.

I was working on this blog for my fun,
and for the enjoyment of people interested in photography and art.
There is no income generated whatsoever by this site for me.


I don´t think that I am the source of income losses for the artist,
or anybody else.


Many of the images I used here are floating all over the net,
other images I scanned to upload them to my blog.
To share them, to enrich the world with the work of artists I do admire.


No, my blog probably wasn´t important,
as I am not important.


But it was part of what we could call our common wealth.



Art as part of everyday life,
art easily accessible by everybody without barriers and fees,
art as part of the free flow of thoughts and


But not in the case of artist represented by Bild-Kunst.
It is time for me to move on.


I won´t be able to communicate about the work artists anymore,
because how can´t talk about art without showing images.
I don´t know yet in which form, and if at all,
I will continue with my blog that I renamed to “NOTES”.


All the best,
Zoltán Jókay

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