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In high school, our health teachers always said stuff like, “We know we can’t stop you from drinking, so here’s how to do it safely and not die.”
Getty Images has just implemented a similar strategy, in a way; they knew people were going to find ways to use their images without paying, so they’ve just made it possible for anyone to use a bunch of their images for free — and without committing copyright infringement.
Photographer Robert Caplin is suing Perez Hilton for copyright infringement after the gossip blogger used photos taken by Mr. Caplin of Glee actor Darren Criss on his site without permission, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Federal Court.
According to the complaint, Mr. Hilton published 14 copyrighted images on PerezHilton.com and added his own watermark over the photographer’s. Mr. Caplin is asking for damages of $2,100,000 ($150,000 per photograph).
It wasn’t all that long ago that Richard Prince was an artist respected by curators and a few collectors who was largely overlooked by the art market. (He was best known for his 1983 Spiritual America, an unauthorized “re-photograph” of an nude, underage Brooke Shields.) A serious mid-career show at the Whitney in 1992 was Read More