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OT: U.S. Supreme Court takes up Warhol Copyright Infringement Case

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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Warhol copyright infringement case that has been bouncing around the courts since 2017.

https://hyperallergic.com/721169/andy-warhol-copyright-dispute-reaches-supreme-court/

 

This high-stakes case, which asks whether Warhol’s appropriation of Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 photograph of Prince in 15 silkscreens & drawings known as the "Prince series" qualifies as fair use.  The outcome will have significant implications for artists who use copyrighted materials in their own artworks.

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Community Expert , May 18, 2022 May 18, 2022

I am also watching this with interest. 

 

Warhol is a famous brand name.  If this had been a "nobody" artist with no brand name recognition, I think this case would have been settled in favor of the photographer a long time ago.  But we'll have to wait & see how this plays out.

 

Steal a little, and they put you in jail. Steal a lot, and they make you king.

~ Bob Dylan

 

 

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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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Thank you so much for posting this!  I am completely on the fence about the outcome of this.  I see both viewpoints as being someone who both uses and creates content.

 

 

 


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May 18, 2022 May 18, 2022

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I am also watching this with interest. 

 

Warhol is a famous brand name.  If this had been a "nobody" artist with no brand name recognition, I think this case would have been settled in favor of the photographer a long time ago.  But we'll have to wait & see how this plays out.

 

Steal a little, and they put you in jail. Steal a lot, and they make you king.

~ Bob Dylan

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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I've been on Lynn's side of this since the beginning. As I see it, Warhol used her photo beyond the Vanity Fair license agreement without permission. Had he simply asked her if he could continue to use her image as a reference to create his subsequent series, and she agreed (with a proper license, of course), we wouldn't be here, some 38 years later!

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