McDonald’s slapped with lawsuit by New York graffiti artist

McDonald’s is being sued by the estate of late graffiti artist Dashiell ‘Dash’ Snow for copyright infringement in the latest legal battle over street art.

Lawyers for ‘Secret Snow’, as the artist was also known, allege that the restaurant mega-chain infringed his copyright when it used an image from Snow’s work to decorate the interior of its fast-food outlets. The complaint was filed in the United States Central District Court of California on 3 October 2016.  Continue reading

Will Prince reign supreme once again over US copyright law?

Has appropriation artist and agent provocateur Richard Prince finally crossed the line between fair use and copyright infringement?

One artist is prepared to fight tooth and nail to prove he has. Outraged by Prince’s unauthorised use of his work, photographer Donald Graham filed a complaint against Prince, Gagosian Gallery who represents him and Larry Gagosian, the gallery’s owner,  in New York federal court last month (30 December 2015). Continue reading

UK copyright law to change

The Government has announced that the length of copyright protection in the UK for mass-produced artistic works will increase on 6 April 2020.

Under current legislation, copyright ceases to apply to works of art after 25 years if they are produced in editions of 50 or more. This means that these works can be reproduced without seeking permission from the original creator. Continue reading