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HIGH STAKES IN WARHOL/PRINCE COPYRIGHT BATTLE

Quick question:  Does this image constitute a copyright violation? The image is a work by Andy Warhol wherein he colorized a black and white photo of Prince previously made by Lynn Goldsmith, a Newsweek photographer.  Goldsmith thinks it is, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with her.  Now the U.S. Supreme Court has taken the case up for consideration, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Here is a great piece from Salon that examines the case, the potential consequences and the Supreme Court’s recent surge in interest with IP law.  All compelling reading.