Richard Prince Wins Major Victory In Landmark Copyright Suit

Artist Richard Prince won a significant victory on appeal in the landmark intellectual property case Cariou v. Prince today.

The case concerns the "Canal Zone" series of paintings by artist Richard Prince (2008), which incorporated photographs by Patrick Cariou from his 2000 book Yes, Rasta (Powerhouse) for a show at Gagosian Gallery. In 2009 Cariou brought a copyright infringement suit against Prince, Gagosian Gallery, Lawrence Gagosian and catalogue publisher Rizzoli. In March 2011, U.S. District judge Deborah Batts ruled against Prince and ordered the defendants to destroy remaining copies of the catalogue and unsold paintings that make use of Cariou's photographs.

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