January 21, 2009
Re "Vietnamese protest art exhibit," Jan. 18 The Vietnamese American community in Santa Ana is within the rights granted it by the 1st Amendment when it protests the exhibit showing a young girl wearing a representation of Vietnam's flag standing next to a bust of Ho Chi Minh. The problem is that the city closed the exhibit because of the protest. In effect, the protesters have stepped on the 1st Amendment rights of the artists. In our country, we are guaranteed freedom of expression.
October 11, 1994
Friends and supporters of the Artists Rights Foundation can get satisfaction and donate funds by purchasing prime seats at the Rolling Stones' Oct. 21 show at the Rose Bowl. The tickets, offered by the band, also include a "Beggars Banquet" at the Directors Guild of America, and a chartered party bus to the Bowl. Prices range from $250 to $325, a portion of which is tax deductible. For information, call Ted Kaufman at (310) 289-5336.
March 1, 1987 |
When Los Angeles songwriter Richard Berry sold his songs to his publishing company 30 years ago, he had no way of knowing that he was signing away the rights to a future gold mine for $750. One of those songs was "Louie Louie," the garage-rock classic that was a smash hit for the Kingsmen in 1963 and was subsequently recorded by countless acts.
November 6, 1990 |
An obscure amendment to a bill that Congress passed minutes before it adjourned has established, for the first time in federal legislation, the right of artists, photographers, sculptors and printmakers to protect their work from unauthorized mutilation and change.
February 28, 2002 |
Social Distortion leader Mike Ness wrote "Ball & Chain" in 1988 as a testament to one man's rise from the pit of despair, but when he sang it Tuesday at the Wiltern Theatre, its refrain seemed the ideal summation of many musicians' view of the record industry's standard contract provisions.
December 6, 1991 |
There was wine-tasting from the private stock of Francis Ford Coppola and hors d'oeuvres from Los Angeles' trendiest eateries being served. But the real reason several hundred of the film industry's creative community joined such heavyweights as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and agent Michael Ovitz on Wednesday night, was to launch the Artists Rights Foundation--an organization that will work toward giving film artists the right to object to any tampering of their work.