Monday, February 8, 2016

SXSW 2016: Creative Thievery = What’s Yours Is Mine.


On March 14, 2016, I’ll be participating in a panel at SxSW in Austin, TX, titled Creative Thievery = What’s Yours is Minewith three other panel members, including Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, Jonathan Rosen, NYC-based conceptual and appropriation artist, and Mary Crosse, Executive Producer of Derby Content. We will discuss the effect of digital technology and social media platforms on appropriation art, artistic ownership, and copyright law.

This session is part of Convergence Programming at SXSW 2016 and open to all Film, Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders, and is scheduled for Monday, March 14, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the San Jacinto room of the Four Seasons in Austin. It is also open to all Music badgeholders.

Find more information please click here.


Woman Sues AP for Taking and Selling Stock Photo of Her

Fifi Youssef looks at her iPhone while seated in a Starbucks on Dec. 16 in New York; she is now suing the photographer and AP over their distribution of the photo. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

Fifi Youssef looks at her iPhone while seated in a Starbucks on Dec. 16 in New York; she is now suing the photographer and AP over their distribution of the photo. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

Fifi Youssef was sitting in a Starbucks, minding her own business, when photographer Mark Lennihan photographed her. He then offered the photograph (shown above) for sale via the Associated Press’s Web site. The photograph was used to illustrate an opinion column at The Washington Post, titled “As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity.”

Apparently Youssef didn’t like this use of her photograph or the fact that it was being sold by Lennihan and the AP.

Youssef has therefore sued Lennihan and AP, for using her likeness for the purpose of trade, in violation of New York Civil Rights Law § 51, the New York “right of publicity” statute.

Will she triumph in a court of law? Eminent legal scholar Eugene Volokh doesn’t think so, and I think he’s right.



NY Times Sues Publisher for Using Copyrighted Images


The New York Times is suing a publisher who used thumbnail reproductions of the newspaper’s front pages in a book that attacks the Times war coverage. Here’s what legal scholar Rebecca Tushnet had to say about this “unwise” lawsuit.



Do Bars Really Get Sued for Playing Copyrighted Songs?

It depends. But funny enough I was just mentioning this to my class at SVA yesterday during our conversation on copyright.

A national songwriters’ organization sued a handful of bars nationwide this week, accusing them of violating federal law for failing to pay fees to use copyrighted music. One of those was Tanner’s Bar and Grill near Liberty, Missouri, which was slapped with a lawsuit after patrons sang The J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” and two other well-known songs during a recent Tuesday karaoke night.

More here. And here’s a good link with more info on music and public performance.


Post Cards from the Copyright Edge

We love receiving fan mail. Here’s a post-card from a Clancco reader, Daniel Mellis. Thank you, Daniel…and keep up the artistic work. We’ll keep up on our end.




Photographer Sues Twitter for Not Removing Photos Despite DMCA Requests


TorrentFreak reports that Wisconsin-based photographer Jennifer Rondinelli Reilly filed a copyright infringement complaint in a federal court in California last week.

Reilly claims that after discovering her photo being shared on Twitter, she sent 28 notices to Twitter about a large number of infringements. Although the company apparently acted on some of them, 50 of the 56 infringements were not taken down, Reilly says.

“Twitter had actual knowledge of the Infringing Uses,” the lawsuit states. “Reilly provided notice to Twitter in compliance with the DMCA, and Twitter failed to expeditiously disable access to or remove the Infringing Uses.”

More here.


Move Over Prada Marfa


Via Marfa Public Radio and Chron.


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