Trade Groups Back Photog In Richard Prince Fair Use Case

By Abigail Rubenstein (February 3, 2012, 7:05 PM EST) -- Photography industry trade groups told the Second Circuit on Thursday that it would harm photographers if it overturned a ruling that appropriation artist Richard Prince had violated a French photographer's copyright by creating a series of collages and paintings that used his images.

The American Society of Media Photographers Inc., which represents about 7,000 members of professional photographers, and The Picture Archive Council of America Inc., which represents the interests of image licensors, filed an amicus brief urging the Second Circuit to uphold a New York federal judge's decision that the fair-use exemption to copyright protection did not apply to Prince's...

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