Monday, February 2, 2015


Once upon a time photographer Patrick Cariou published a book called Yes, Rasta (2000) that features photographs of Jamaica's Rastafarian community. In 2008, artist Richard Prince mounted an exhibition entitled "Canal Zone" that includes alterations to thirty of Cariou's photographs. Cariou sued for infringement, Prince countered with "fair use." The 2011 case ruled in Cariou's favour, but Prince appealed. The 2013 case decided that Prince's works were indeed "transformative" and overturned the original decision, save for five photographs, which were remanded to a lower court. In 2014 Cariou and Prince settled.

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