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Look at the image above, the logo for Everyman Espresso, a coffee shop with locations in SoHo and the East Village. Does it remind you of the state of New York’s iconic “I ♥ NY” mark? Enough for the state to take legal action? That’s exactly what’s happening, as the state’s Department of Economic Development gets its […]

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Hollywood studios ask Google to remove links to their content all the time. Say a pirated copy of Taken 2 pops up on the search engine, for example–20th Century Fox can send what’s called a Digital Millenium Copyright Act takedown notice to Google and have any the offending content removed from search. These takedown searches and notices […]

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Thanks to the Jogging for being on the front lines of artists responding to that ridiculous Supreme Vs. Married to the Mob lawsuit with Uncool Jokers, 2013 by Michael Bussell.  Refresher: Leah McSweeney has been using the parody of the Supreme logo for her “Supreme Bitch” t-shirts for years and now, James Jebbia of Supreme is only now […]

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Just days after Richard Prince triumphantly won his copyright lawsuit, just when we supposedly established that “law does not require that a new work of art comment on any of its source material to qualify as fair use” — today, appropriation rights take a step back. A California judge has ruled that Mr. Brainwash was, […]

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Dramatic fair use art news!!! Rewind: In 2008, artist Richard Prince “Canal Zone” series incorporated the photographs of Patrick Cariou from his “Yes, Rasta” (2002) book for a successful, lucrative show at the Gagosian Gallery. Cariou sued from copyright infringement. In 2011, the court ruled against Prince and order the artist to destroy catalogue copies […]

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Did you know that the most popular song in the English language costs lots of dough? That’s right, every time your big aunt Stella tries to channel her inner Marilyn Monroe and sing “Happy Birthday to You” while sitting in your creepy uncle’s lap, she should technically pay Warner Chappel Music royalties for performing it, […]

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A while ago, members of the Velvet Underground filed a lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for using their iconic album cover’s Warhol banana on schwag, among other complaints. They were particularly unsettled by the extensive licensing the foundation had planned for a series of Apple accessories. A federal judge has just […]

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Shepard Fairey settled his copyright infringement and Hope merch-related lawsuits with the AP for a hefty, hefty $1.6 million but there was still the matter of Fairey’s lying destroying records and creating fake documents. He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt, and though the prosecutors insisted on a jail sentence, Shep got off with a $25,000 fine, two years probation and […]

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(UPDATE: We spoke to Shepard Fairey, so now this post comes with notes! Ta-da.) When Shepard Fairey reached out to photographer Andrena Douglass to use her portrait of a fellow cancer survivor to use in his work, she consented under licensing terms: credit her photo and let her take a portrait of Fairey with the work in […]

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The Velvet Underground have filed legal papers against the Andy Warhol Foundation in Manhattan, claiming that the foundation has been illegally licensing their iconic banana and it’s their banana, their banana, damn it! […]

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