Saturday, January 29, 2011
Mr. Brainwash Gets Sued
Mr. Brainwash is being sued by Glen E. Friedman for using a picture of Run DMC without permission.
There is a clear difference between this case, and the Shepard Fairey/Associated Press Obama battle, and the Mr. Brainwash lawsuit should have a clear impact of the on street art everywhere.
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^Friedman's original photo
There is a great article on Portfoli which lays out the big difference between the Brainwash/Friedman case and the Fairey/AP case. While Shepard has argued it was his treatment of the AP stock photo made it iconic, Friedman's RunDMC photo was already iconic before Mr. Brainwash used it, and that is a big difference.
Both used photos that were not theirs, but one created the fame while the other tried to capitalize on the pre-existing steez.
The way this lawsuit plays out could have a tremendous impact on Mr. Brainwash and street artists. Since a good portion of his work is based on similar 'borrowed' iconic imagery, if Friedman wins Mr. Brainwash could be sued for every piece he's done something similar with.
And in general, since many street artists employ iconic imagery and pictures of celebrities in their works, this principal could be applied to anyone.
Interested to see how this case develops . . .