Bad news for appropriation artists and anyone else who’s ever produced a collage. Last Friday, Judge Deborah Batts ruled against famed artist Richard Prince in the Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince, Gagosian Gallery, et al 08 CV 11327 (S.D.N.Y. March 18, 2011)(Batts, J.), finding the artworks to be copyright infringements. According to the ruling, Prince’s appropriation of Cariou's work failed to meet standards of fair use on four specific grounds. Those headings and notes below.
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