Museums, Google Back Richard Prince Fair Use Appeal

Law360, New York (November 3, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Several art museums, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Google Inc. told the Second Circuit on Wednesday that a lower court misapplied the fair-use doctrine when it found that artist Richard Prince had violated a French photographer's copyright.

The dispute stems from Prince's artwork series "Canal Zone," which the Gagosian Gallery exhibited in New York in 2008. The series included 29 paintings, 28 of which included collaged, enlarged, cropped, tinted or over-painted images taken from photographer Patrick Cariou's book of photographs "Yes, Rasta," which was published in 2000, according to court papers.

U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts...

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