Thursday, February 28, 2013

:: DKNY v. Humans of New York or "PLEASE STEAL MY IMAGES"

When a Photographer fails to defend his copyright it effects all of us… The facts are DKNY offered an obscene $50 per image for Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York images, when he refused; DKNY STOLE THE IMAGES ANYWAY. - Link to article

In his last post on the issue Brandon states "I'm not letting anyone "off the hook" for their sake. I'm letting them off the hook for my sake".

The problem is that his actions will lead others to believe that it is once again OK to STEAL a Photographers Intellectual Property.

One example of the failure by Photographers to prosecute Copyright Infringement is the common misconception that it is OK by Artists to use photographs without compensation or permission provided it is for Artistic purposes / use.

Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, etc. have been doing this for years but the best example that is directly on point is Richard Prince.

In the late 70’s early 80’s, Prince STOLE images created by Philip Morris for Marlboro cigarettes. For various reasons Phillip Morris never defended their IP. Prince continued his practice of ripping-off other Photographer. 25 years later, Jim Krantz to finally stopped Mr. Princes actions… Link to article.

What was done with the money is irrelevant… when someone steals your image and I GUARANTEE YOUR IMAGES ARE BEING USES EVERY DAY WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION / ATTRIBUTION OR COMPENSATION. You can thank photographer like Mr. Stanton.

Just as a disclaimer I love Brandon Stanton’s work on Hum and hold Mr. Prince and Mr. Robert Rauschenberg in great esteem.


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