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A reminder that your Instagram photos arenít really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000
Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2015 | Jessica Contrera

Posted on 05/27/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise

...This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, Prince displayed giant screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos without warning or permission.

The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses. They are not paintings, but screenshots that have been enlarged to 6-foot-tall inkjet prints. According to Vulture, nearly every piece sold for $90,000 each.

How is this okay?

First you should know that Richard Prince has been “re-photographing” since the 1970s. He takes pictures of photos in magazines, advertisements, books or actors’ headshots, then alters them to varying degrees. Often, they look nearly identical to the originals. This has of course, led to legal trouble. In 2008, French photographer Patrick Cariou sued Prince after he re-photographed Cariou’s images of Jamaica’s Rastafarian community. Although Cariou won at first, on appeal, the court ruled that Prince had not committed copyright infringement because his works were “transformative.”

...Knowing that more legal action is unlikely, Prince appears to be enjoying the attention. He has been re-tweeting and re-posting his many critics.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: art; artworld; bigmedia; copyright; doublestandard; instagram; intellectualproperty; photography

1 posted on 05/27/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

What’s “interesting”/ironic is that the Washington Post then (re)published an Instagram post critical of the show by one of the women who’ work was “reappropriated” (stolen). They did not give her a byline credit and I doubt they paid her for the image or text.


2 posted on 05/27/2015 8:56:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Funny how Hollywood's 'No Nukes' crowd has been silent during Obama's Iranian nuclear negotiations.)
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To: a fool in paradise

$90,000?


3 posted on 05/27/2015 8:59:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: a fool in paradise

He’s been doing this since long before Instagram.


4 posted on 05/27/2015 9:02:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: a fool in paradise

Instathief.


5 posted on 05/27/2015 9:08:48 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Liberals don’t have to pay or give credit. Rules are for the little people.


6 posted on 05/27/2015 9:13:23 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think i'm gonna be rich!

7 posted on 05/27/2015 9:19:15 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

I think the Mona Lisa is in the public domain. A picture of the Mona Lisa on an easel, on the other hand, is an original creative work fixed in a tangible medium of expression. You could get sued for copying it.


8 posted on 05/27/2015 9:21:29 AM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: a fool in paradise

Hell I wish he’d do this to one of my pics. I’d get a lot more followers. But seriously, it’s not like anyone else could do this with their own pics. He’s an established “artist” and he already has the infrastructure. Regular people do not.


9 posted on 05/27/2015 9:22:27 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Flash Bazbeaux
So I'm not gonna be rich off that one? You are no fun at all ;o)


10 posted on 05/27/2015 9:29:10 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway
$90,000?

Guaranteed all lib RAT voters. There's a fool born every day.

11 posted on 05/27/2015 10:20:13 AM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "we still do not know exactly how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: bgill

Guaranteed all lib RAT voters.

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Especially considering the subject matter:

“The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses.”


12 posted on 05/27/2015 1:05:11 PM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns)
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To: Liberty Valance
Transformative Art:
13 posted on 05/29/2015 11:56:51 AM PDT by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: willyd

*yikes*


14 posted on 05/29/2015 9:49:42 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance; willyd

I bet that “restoration” of Jesus has made more than $90,000 for the little village it is in. (Spain? Italy?) I read where lots of tourists now go to the place to take a look at it!


15 posted on 05/29/2015 10:01:29 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts It is happening again.)
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