27 March 2004

Appropriation and copyright

New York painter Joy Garnett is faced with an interesting copyright issue over this painting. She's been getting a bit of solidarity.

Appropriation has a long and honourable history. Some people think it's a recent thing, but Renaissance artists quoted each other pretty liberally (though of course they didn't have copyright absurdities to deal with). Nowadays people sometimes make art specifically to break copyright.

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