Photographer Sues Getty Images for Misappropriating Her Images
Documentary photographer Carol Highsmith donated her images to the Library of Congress for free public use, and it appears that the popular stock agency Getty Images has exploited her donation. Highsmith has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the agency seeking $1 billion for charging fees to use her work. She discovered this when Getty attempted to charge her $120 for the use of her own photograph. Highsmith is claiming the “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs by Getty.
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Stolen Dali Paintings Recovered After Seven Years
Art detective Arthur Brand has announced that two major paintings by Salvador Dali and Tamara de Lempicka have been recovered after they were stolen in broad daylight from the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art in Spanbroek in 2009. The artworks include Dali’s 1941 painting “Adolescence” and Lempicka’s 1929 painting “La Musicienne,” which famously appeared in the music video for Madonna’s “Vogue.” The paintings were given to a gang in lieu of payment and the recipient gang contacted Brand who then turned the works over to Scotland Yard.
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Orlan Loses Lawsuit, Ordered to Pay Lady Gaga €20,000
The French artist Orlan, known for repeatedly undergoing plastic surgery as an art form, filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga back in 2013, claiming that the singer’s looks in her “Born This Way” video were too closely tied to Orlan’s work. Paris’ High Court has rejected Orlan’s claims of plagiarism. The court ruled that an artistic installation cannot be reduced solely to its physical elements and ordered Orlan to pay Lady Gaga and he record label €10,000 each. Orlan plans to appeal the decision.
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