They say that copying is the highest form of flattery. In light of Richard Prince's Portrait exhibition, I guess all the Instagramers whose work Prince copied should be really flattered.
“…sometimes it’s better not to be successful and well known and you can get away with much more. I knew what I was stealing 30 years ago but it didn’t matter because no one cared, no one was paying any attention.”
Blatantly copying someone else's art, photos, writing, or creations of any sort especially for money-making or notoriety purposes seems wrong. As the article Copyright Infringement: Images You Can and Can't Share on Your Blog points out, this includes social media.
The issue isn’t whether it’s a wealthy corporation such as Coke (#Coke ripped me off. #MakeItHappy), or an unknown artist (The Messy World of Fan Art and Copyright) doing so. It’s about not giving compensation, respect and recognition to the person that did the original work – that’s the issue.
So why isn’t anyone thinking of suing Richard Prince?
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