Cariou v. Prince tests the meaning of “fair use”

NPR report examines the legal issues around artist’s “Canal Zone” collages

In 2008, artist Richard Prince came under fire for his use of another artist’s work within his own. In a piece he created, Prince took dozens of photographs from a book by Patrick Cariou, titled “Yes Rasta,” cut them up and positioned them among other images, including guitars and naked women. He called the series of paintings “Canal Zone,” which his gallery sold for $10 million.

Not surprisingly, Cariou filed suit, claiming copyright infringement. And last year, a judge found in Cariou’s favor. Prince appealed the ruling, and a federal court in New York is set to hear that appeal next week.


Cathleen Flahardy

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