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the pixel2ascii application converts pixel-based images to ascii text, and publishes them in an online gallery.

in doing so, it places the issues surrounding ownership of digital imagery under stress -> by reproducing the images in another form, anyone can take ownership of the transformation process.

-> if the 'original' image is lost - the 'new' image is surely free from copyright restriction?
-> if the image is now reproduced in ascii - raw text data - is it an image at all...?

the pixel2ascii gallery is generated by a small shockwave movie (40k) which allows you to pull images from anywhere on the internet, and convert them into ascii text. you define which ascii characters to use, the scale of the transformation, the title and 'owner' of the image, before uploading it to the gallery where everyone else can see it.

if you're a first-time user, some instructions are available here...

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