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06.25.15 Liam Mathews

Last year, advertising agency 72andSunny asked Brooklyn-based artist and mural maker Maya Hayuk if she wanted to work on a marketing campaign for Starbucks Frappucinos. Hayuk declined. So imagine Hayuk’s surprise when she saw art that looked just like hers in Starbucks ads anyway. 72andSunny and Starbucks had gone ahead and created ads that imitated […]

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05.22.15 Liam Mathews

Richard Prince is a notorious art world heel. He has gotten very rich from appropriating other people’s photos. He’s been doing this for years with magazines and advertisements, but now he’s gone too far, PetaPixel alleges. He’s been selling printed-out screenshots of other people’s Instagram posts without the creators’ permission at the Frieze art fair […]

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08.15.14 Sophie Weiner

Street artists Jaz, Ever and Other are suing director Terry Gilliam over “a blatant misappropriation” of their work in his new film The Zero Theorem. Their suit against Gilliam claims that a scene in his film shows a mural that closely resembles their 2010 collaborative piece Castillo in Argentina. The artists stated that “it does not matter here how many […]

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06.12.14 Sophie Weiner

Hershey’s is suing Colorado-based weed edibles manufacturer Mari`juanka LLC for infringement and dilution of their brand, ABC Denver reports. The legal edibles are parodies of famous Hershey’s candies like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and York Peppermint Patties. The lawsuit alleges: Defendants, who are well aware of the fame and popularity of  these Hershey products and marks, […]

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04.03.12 Marina Galperina

Artist Bryan Zanisnik was half an hour into reading Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel inside a Plexiglass case surrounded by junk when the author’s lawyers served him with a cease and desist letter. Mid-performance. Opening night. The kicker? He was reading it silently. The Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side hosting Zanisnik’s Every Inch a Man are […]

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02.24.12 Marina Galperina

Last year, the Associated Press and Shepard Fairey settled their copyright infringement and Hope merch-related lawsuits. There was a settlement and a promised “collaboration” between Fairey and the AP that sounded like indentured servitude, but there was still the matter of Fairey’s lying about destroying documents and manufacturing evidence. The street artist entered a guilty plea for one count […]

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09.09.11 Marina Galperina

As the crowd-sourced/crowd-funded production of dark, satirical sci-fi comedy Iron Sky prepares for an April 2012 release, the indie film has already fallen victim to shameful plundering by the China-based gaming company Ziiso. They’re peddling an iPad App IRON SKY game featuring stolen tagline, imitated characters and plot, but the money they’re making off dooped […]

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05.26.11 Marina Galperina

Kim Kardashian’s legal team is swooping down on an R&B duo who used Kim’s copyrighted breasts, claiming: “We didn’t even know they were her boobies because obviously I don’t recognize her by her nipples.” (NSFW) […]

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04.18.11 Marina Galperina

Copyright infringement now earns you a mandatory date with Happy Tree Friends. If this light instructional sets the standard on what YouTube wants us to think about Fair Use, then it’s really, really complicated, kids, so just don’t remix if you don’t have an attorney… It’s bad, m’kay? […]

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04.11.11 Marina Galperina

Apparently, the MTA is working on closing their $100 million budget gap by finding dangerous “intellectual property” thieves like VH McKenzie who uses discarded MetroCards for her art, then threatening artists into either removing their work from online shops and Etsy accounts or cashing out 10% of the art’s value to “acquire a license.” That’s […]

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