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Picasso Estate to James Cameron: Pay Up, Again!

04.25.12 Marina Galperina

Did you groan in 1997? Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is safely in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. It’s not sunk with the Titanic, but James Cameron fancied it is. Groan. He fancied it to the point of using the cubist nudes, even though the Picasso family estate expressly declined. He paid up retroactively. The kicker: Now that Titanic is in 3D, Cameron needs a new copyright agreement from the estate. A 3D Picasso is a brand new Picasso.

As far as these new digital copyright laws ago, the Picassos have been the most pesky — that’s why you won’t find a single Pablo in the Google Art Project. So, good luck, Cameron. Some historical inaccurate flights of imagination are more expensive than others.