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Old 22 April 2018, 02:19 AM
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I'm sure you already realize this but the point is that that 'original' is in digital form as well. (Even if you get the original hard drive, in the uncommon case that it's only on one, hard drives may constantly move that data around on the drive.) So any copy of those files, including backups, are exactly the same as the original. They are the original. True, that's not what the viewer usually sees and probably rarely leave the artist's possession but if that's what one is considering the artifact in question, it can also be exactly reproduced. Yes, you could see it and all those layers and history and so forth but so could anyone with the software applications and a copy of the original.
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