Judge Rules for Photog In Copyright Suit Over RUN DMC Photo

French artist Theirry Guetta is guilty of infringing on photographer Glen E. Friedman’s copyright, a federal judge has ruled.

Guetta was accused of using a well-know Friedman image of hip-hop pioneers RUN DMC as the basis for several artworks, including “posters, lithographs, paintings and other art,” according to the complaint filed by Freidman and his lawyers in a California district court.

“To permit one artist the right to use without consequence the original creative and copyrighted work of another artist simply because that artist wished to create an alternative work would eviscerate any protection by the copyright act,” said Judge Harry Pregerson in his ruling. Pregerson serves on the US Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

A separate hearing will determine the damages owed to Friedman.

Related: Photog Glen E. Friedman Suing Artist For Infringement of RUN DMC Image

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6 Responses to “Judge Rules for Photog In Copyright Suit Over RUN DMC Photo”

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  2. Thom Gourley Says:

    I’m no legal expert, but this seems even more blatant than the recent Prince case. This is most certainly a direct use of the orignal image without appreciable alteration so as to even make a case for it as a “derivative” work. At a minimum, at least Prince painted something over the original. :)

  3. Mark Kalan Says:

    NICE! We like it when photographers win!

  4. Jillyan Sawyer | Harrisburg Photographer Says:

    Good for Mr. Friedman!

  5. Nini Says:

    This Thierry Guetta is a cheater, all is art consist in plagiarized the art work of famous artists like Warhol or Shepard Fairey, by watching his movie “faites le mur”, you’ll see his real face, a true opportunist who found a way to become a kind of artist by copying difference styles with a good marketing.I wish the justice will be respectful of the real artwork of Friedman.

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