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PRETTY-ALONGS » Sounds Pretty
23rd May 2008

A message from the Baker fam…

I am emailing you today to ask you to oppose a current bit of legislation called the Orphan Works bill in our US congress that sounds innocent enough, but actually is a giant loophole for anyone, including megacorporations (Google is a huge backer of this bill), to profit big time without getting permission from or giving compensation to every visual artist/photographer that you know. It will reverse US copyright law as we know it.


Please go to this web site and click on “Contact your Senator in opposition to S.2913 NOW” and ” Contact your Congressman in opposition to H.R. 5889 NOW”. These links will automatically identify your senators and representatives by typing your zip code. it takes 30 seconds, honestly. 


Here’s an article in the Boston Herald that puts the Orphan Works bill in plain english. Its a real quick read. Also read the comments on this article which help explain a photographer’s point of view on this.

Unless you are for abolishing copyright and against the ability of visual artists to have income to live, please go to the links and email your congress representatives today. Do it!


Thanks and our love to everyone,


Dave and Alex


Here’s the photographer’s comments from the Boston Herald article that explains it much better than I have. Please read:


“I am a semi-retired photographer who has worked for close to 40 years producing work in some of the world\\\’s most troubled spots. My work documents many of the important issues of this time. Some were taken at risk to my life. The value of copyright is critical, as it protects the value of these images. That provides an income during my retirement and an estate for my family. Diminishing my rights, defined in Article 1 of the Constitution will have a severe economic impact on me. The problems of \\\”Orphan Works\\\” can be solved without destroying the protection I have now. Please don\\\’t take away the value of my life\\\’s work. Any new legislation must include appropriate protection for artists. The problems of museums can be addressed without, in effect, robbing me of protection. Any law, in a country such as ours, can be crafted in a way to use technology to resolve the issues without creating excess profits for huge new companies that will monitor my work. Leif Skoogfors”


“Mr. Skoogfors\’ comments are striking and evidence of the emotion that goes into creating. Everyone benefits from the creative community, it inspires and entertains, and enriches our society. Artists and photographers make sacrifices and devote their time to create, some even risk their lives in a effort to capture. The thought of Yahoo or Microsoft, Google, Picscout, Flickr or whoever coming along and taking this away from the rightful owners is abhorent. If artists/photographers/writers loose their creations, they can\’t support themselves. All of the \”supposed\” outcry to keep art from being lost? Its just coming from huge companies that want to be able to sell the fruits of other\’s labors in order to make themselves rich at the creator\’s expense- and as for the libraries? museums? they exist to preserve things that have VALUE. If these creative objects have value, then why should they be any less \’REAL\’ property than our cars or homes and why should their ownership be any less protected? The Canadian model should show that the \”orphanage\” can be a very small place and needn\’t include all art. Since 1990, there have only been a few hundred \”orphans\” - because there is a fee held in escrow and a board that must determine if the work is really unattributable. There are already large sites devoted to profiting from the infringers - the infringer posts, the big web site splits the money with the infringer, and if caught, the big web site is off the hook. The best the artist or photographer can hope for is to have their artwork removed. (I just contacted a fellow artist today regarding one such usage on \”\” and could have contacted at least a dozen more if I had had time) Removing the penalties will just create a larger market for those that wish to profit unfairly.”



29th April 2008

May 3 at the Rocket Club: Bootstraps Burlesque and Sirius.B Record Release

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11th February 2008

Tuesday, Feb 12th Obama Support/Meeting at the Downtown Asheville Pizza Brewing Co.

Event: Pizza! Beer! Obama!/ Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. primary results
When: Feb 12, 2008
Where: Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Ave.
Asheville, NC 28803
Type: Meeting


25th January 2008

Sweet Luvin’ at Minx!

Minx’s Mid-winter Merchandise Sale starts TODAY (and runs through March 3rd).

At our Downtown location:
40% off all mid-winter merchandise (that’s practically the whole store!) including styles from French Connection, Earnest Sewn & Paige.
…and 50% off our entire shoe stock.

At our West Asheville location (504 Haywood Road, in the Eldorado Building):
50% off our entire shoe stock. Plus a full rack of 40% off goodies for you to pour over, try on & snatch up!

See you at Minx!

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1st December 2007


Minx Boutique has expanded into West Asheville!  ElDorado, located at 504 Haywood Rd. (240 and Haywood), is now sharing their space with Minx.  ElDorado sells amazing Mid-Century Modern Antiques, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, they can find it for you!  The two stores are perfect together.  Next time my girlfriend wants to go shopping for clothes I’ll encourage a stop at the West Asheville Minx.  I’ll be checking out ElDorado’s furniture/art/salvage/lamps/etc., and still be able to give a ”that looks great on you” to Brandy.  There is also talk about opening a late-night coffee shop in the third room.  What is that, 3 birds …one seed?

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24th October 2007

Thread’s Launch Party!

It’s no lie.  Thread (Asheville’s most amazing magazine) is having a “Launch Party” at Mela.  Saturday, October 27th at 10:30 pm, doors will open, and everyone is encouraged to come in costume.  The cover?  Well, there is no cover.  It’s a Launch Party.  It’s going to be big fun.  Spread the word.