PLUS Coalition co-founder and CEO Jeff Sedlik filed suit against LA Ink star Kat Von D for infringing his copyright by using his 1989 Miles Davis portrait in a tattoo that she used to promote her businesses. Some have compared the case to Richard Prince and called it fair use. Others have said it resembles the AP’s lawsuit against Shepard Fairey for his Obama “HOPE” poster. But the devil is in the details, and Sedlik registered his copyright.
Also: a lawyer buys a building and finds a trove of photos in a hidden attic, including a portrait of Susan B. Anthony, the New Yorker reviews Seiichi Furuya’s latest book Face to Face, and Alec Soth vlogs about William Eggleston’s “Democratic Forest.”
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Hidden for a Century, a Susan B. Anthony Portrait Is Found (via NYT)
- Forgotten 20th-Century Photography Studio Found in New York Attic (via Smithsonian)
- A Lawyer Cracked a Hidden Room in His Office and Found a Cache of Historic Photography, Including a Famed Portrait of Susan B. Anthony (via Artnet)
- Kat Von D’s Miles Davis Tattoo Draws Copyright Infringement Suit (via Billboard)
- Associated Press Settles Copyright Lawsuit Against Obama ‘Hope’ Artist (via Wired)
- Copyright and Tattoos: Who owns your ink? (via IPWatchdog)
- A Photographer, Seen Through the Eyes of His Late Wife (via New Yorker)
- Intimacy and photography, how much life can interact with a photographer’s work (and vice versa) : Seiichi Furuya.
- Alec Soth started a YouTube this month and already has 25K views