US court decision on image appropriation

Ruling has liberating implications for collage / appropriation artists...

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Comment by ken coleman on May 6, 2013 at 1:45am

I think you're on to something there, Janice. There are large amounts of both money and, I suspect, ego involved.

Comment by Janice McDonald on May 5, 2013 at 11:06pm

I agree with you both. Interesting to follow these events but we all have to draw our own lines about what is ethical. Prince apparently has the money to fight for his artistic statement... not all of us can go there.

Comment by ken coleman on May 4, 2013 at 7:39am

Yes, but .  .  .

Several of Prince's works were sent back to the lower court for re-evaluation. Are they transformative enough?

What happens with each round of evaluation of work (not just Prince's) that relies on using appropriated images? What happens to that grey area between transformative and not transformative enough? Or not really very transformative but just transformative enough to meet the requirements of fair use. Will the grey area get narrower or wider? Who gets to decide? It remains to be seen.

I agree with Stephen's observation about talented individuals, not just on this site but other sites, too.


Comment by Stephen Mead on May 3, 2013 at 5:47pm

Good news, but my feeling is there are many talented individuals with a greater creative focus on this site than Richard Prince.  Still, bully for him and for art!


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