Re-posted from cyberlawandregulation
Artist and thief, Richard Prince, reminded us that what you post is public. It can be shared for anyone to see and, apparently, use. 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. He then sold these prints for $900,000 apiece. Is copyright law so very flexible?
Let me start by saying my picture was not, in fact, stolen by Richard Prince as I do not have an Instagram account. However, if I had been one of the many whose photo was stolen, printed, and sold for $900,000, I would definitely be one of those who would be suing. This is not art. This is theft.
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