Copyright Gone Wrong

Andy Baio states the following in regards to his lawsuit. “It breaks my heart that a project I did for fun, on the side, and out of pure love and dedication to the source material ended up costing me so much — emotionally and financially.” I believe fair-use did not help him at all, and i agree with him, he did a fun project that turned out into a nightmare. On his article he speaks on fair-use and to me it seems like the guidelines clearly apply to his work. Unfortunately he lost the case and had pay tons of money. Then we have Richard Prince who states “When I pasted the guitar onto the first Rasta . . . that was my way in. It was my CONTRIBUTION. It was like a new fig leaf,” in regards to his work being sued.I agree and disagree with him at the same time. I mean he did make some changes where you can say it was his work. Yet his work wasn’t all his, it was like basecally adding something so small and calling it his work, getting all of the credit while Patrick’s work wasn’t credited properly. In this two cases i feel like Andy’s work was not a violation of copyright and fair-use clearly should of been emphasized, he had put in some much work and dedication to make his art piece great. Then we have Prince’s work who was later on appealed (you can say that it was good for him) but it is unfair that so little work could be used to define fair-use.

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