Monday, 01 June 2015 00:32
The two most succinct points to remember from the above video are:
"There's a thin line between what he (Prince) is doing and what all social media companies are doing; which is, they're all running restaurants in which we come in and bring the ingredients and cook the food!" ~ Chris Hayes, MSNBC
Pay attention, Flicker users. You have given innumerable numbers of your images a Creative Commons (generic) license. You are wide open to Prince-like exploitation!
Use social media with your eyes wide open: you make the cake, others make the money!
And, somewhat likely, Richard Prince may keep the money, even if he is a jerk.
Whether an infringement case will emerge is unknown. We assume a Prince defense would rest on "fair use", something he's been moderately successful in using.
Richard Prince's arrogant dismissal of artists' rights is worth noting, but rest assured he is not alone:
"Copyright never interested me…I knew what I was stealing 30 years ago but it didn’t matter because no one cared, no one was paying any attention.…all my decisions are about—if it looks good, it is good.…unfortunately I took too many of these Rastafarian (images) from this guy and I didn’t really even think to ask. I don’t think that way, it didn’t occur to me to ask him and even if I did and he said no, I still would have taken them." ~ Richard Prince's Views on Copyright
Fortunately, Photo Attorney, Carolyn E. Wright, posted some guidance to help us discover what is under consideration in actual fair use cases:
"Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today announced the launch of the U.S. Copyright Office’s Fair Use Index, which is designed to provide the public with searchable summaries of major fair use decisions. The Index was undertaken in support of the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement prepared by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator within the Executive Office of the President." ~ Photo Attorney, Carolyn E. Wright
There will be much a much greater volume of response from artists in time, but the most recent, and creative, are from his exploited targets:
SuicideGirls are selling copies of Richard Prince's "originals" in a creative tit-for-tat.
Learn more detail via The Creators Project post.
Can someone please explain to me,
Read the Fstoppers interview with Peter Coulson:
Pro-Imaging is a worldwide support group for professional photographers
who are pro-active in defending photographers rights.