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

Gagosian sued for copyright infringement

A show featuring furniture designed by the late Austrian artist Franz West at the Gagosian Gallery in New York has gone ahead, despite a lawsuit bought against the gallery.

The Vienna-based Franz West archive filed a copyright lawsuit against Gagosian Gallery on September 4th. The complaint says that the archive has the “exclusive license to produce and sell certain furniture works” designed by Franz West, as well as “a separate exclusive license to make, use, and exploit any and all photographs of all works of art created by West during his lifetime.” It accuses Gagosian of violating its “exclusive licences” and the “foreign copyrights to which they relate” by conducting an exhibition and sale of West’s work, and seeks to stall it, and recover damages. They accuse the gallery of planning to sell an “unauthorized” version of West’s work. Continue reading