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Update: Court finds transformative nature of alleged infringing work can’t be decided by side-by-side comparison

Mike Nepple August 10, 2017
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In an update to our post on a case filed last year, a federal court in New York recently denied appropriation artist Richard’s Prince’s motion to dismiss Donald Graham’s copyright infringement lawsuit. READ MORE

Sultry Lady Liberty leads Postal Service astray

Mark Sableman July 26, 2017
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Beware sultry-looking ladies. That’s one of the lessons from the recent court decision sending a copyright case against the United States Postal Service to trial, but there are more. The decision can serve as a teaching tool and warning regarding use of photos and other images. READ MORE

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

Mike Nepple June 1, 2017
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Solid Oak sued Take-Two Interactive Software for copyright infringement last year, claiming it is a technical foul to display the copyrighted tattoo on LeBron James’s arm in Take-Two’s popular NBA 2K line of video games READ MORE

Third verse same as the first - Will Richard Prince’s transformation defense work yet again?

Mike Nepple May 8, 2017
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Richard Prince used Eric McNatt’s 2014 photograph of Alex Gordon by cropping McNatt’s photograph, surrounding it with his Instagram frame, and adding three lines of text and emojis. READ MORE