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BSF Wins Closely Watched Copyright Suit for Appropriation Artist Richard Prince


In an intellectual property case with broad implications for the art world, BSF scored a huge win for contemporary photographer and painter Richard Prince. On April 25, 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the majority of works from Prince’s “Canal Zone” series constituted Fair Use, over-turning a lower court ruling. NYC associate Josh Schiller argued the appeal before the three-judge panel.

Please click the below links for media coverage of this win. 

American Lawyer's Litigation Daily, April 30, 2013
Q&A: Tailor-Made Assignment Spawns a Big Copyright Win in Cariou v. Prince

Reuters, April 26, 2013
Analysis: 'Landmark' ruling says commentary not needed for fair use defense

Law360 [subscription], April 25, 2013
2nd Circ.'s Fair Use Ruling Gives Artists Wide Protection

Hollywood Reporter, April 25, 2013
Appropriation Artist Richard Prince Prevails Against Photographer at Appeals Court

Reuters, April 25, 2013
Artist Richard Prince didn't infringe photo copyrights: U.S. court

New York Times, April 25, 2013
Court Rules in Artist’s Favor

Associated Press, April 25, 2013
NY court: Artist Richard Prince fairly used photos

The Art Newspaper, April 25, 2013
US court rules in favour of Richard Prince in copyright appeal

Related Lawyers: Joshua Irwin Schiller, Jonathan D. Schiller, George F. Carpinello

Related Practice: Intellectual Property