Fair Use ~ Cariou v. Prince, et. al. is Going Nowhere
Not long ago I posted on the dispute that arose when painter Joy Garnett appropriated photographs made by Susan Meiselas. We now have something of a replay of that situation as photographer Patrick Cariou is suing artist Richard Prince as well as his dealer Larry Gagosian, and his publisher Rizzoli for copyright infringement.
"Photographer Patrick Cariou filed a lawsuit against Prince, Gagosian, and Rizzoli last week for using a number of his photographs in Prince's "Canal Zone" exhibition without his consent, pics that Cariou alleges first appeared in his 2000 book, Yes Rasta. Prince, of course, has spent decades using other images in his works. What's different this time around? Cariou says that in the past Prince has typically relied on 'anonymous commercial imagery.' This time, though, he took advantage of Cariou's hard work since the photos in question were derived from the 'ten years he spent in the secluded mountains of Jamaica, gaining access to, living and working with, and earning the trust of the Rastafarians who are the subjects of Yes Rasta.'"*Regardless of what one might make of Prince's work, this seems like a very, very clear no-win case for Cariou. He'd likely be better off chillin' with some of this instead:
*This is from the Exclusive report at Cityfile.
Update: (1/14/09) You can find a report at PDN here.
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