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March 24, 2011

Not Comics: Richard Prince Loses Fair Use Lawsuit

I had a different article in mind for the news that last Friday a Manhattan judge ruled against the artist Richard Prince and the hosting gallery for an exhibition using Prince works derived from images created by French artist Patrick Cariou, but I think Dan Nadel is right in that this is the best one to read. Fair use is at the heart of a some of what comics creators do and/or suffer through, and is an issue of deep importance to those covering the field, particularly when they may occasionally act outside the specific interests of the publicity machine driving certain projects. I don't think I'd be alone in claiming to be someone who believes very liberally in fair use principles that when seeing the artworks in question in this case reacted strongly and poorly to them.
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