Natalie – Yes, I agree. That’s why I do support retaining some version of copyright, as I’ve done with the works on this site (and my two online poetry books). For online works, requiring a link back to the original makes it expecially easy for readers to see what has been altered.
Thanks for following up and correcting me on the destruction of artworks. (I wonder if the U.S. has similar laws?) I always feel bad for the original artist when I see a mural painted over. That must have really hurt to see all your work erased like that. Damn.
I think I’ll stick to poetry.