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Art World Ethics & Copyright Infringement Discussion Open to the Public

Tue., Apr. 17 (7pm): Dupont Circle’s One Lounge (1606 20th St.) will be hosting an “Art Salon and Vernissage” for anyone who has ever thought or cared about the changes occurring in the art world with mass media and the internet to join artist John James Anderson and the folks from Kensington, Maryland’s Adah Rose Gallery (301-922-0162; email, adahrosegallery@gmail.com) for a lively and robust discussion on appropriation of art and ethics and legality in the art world.

Background: In December 2008, photographer Patrick Cariou filed suit against Richard Prince and Gagosian Gallery in Federal district court for copyright infringement in response to Prince’s appropriation of 35 photographs taken by Cariou without his knowledge or permission. The discussion will focus on the merits of this case. Several of the works by Richard Prince were sold, some for as high as $2.5 million. The Court in New York ruled against Mr. Prince and stated that the appropriation of the Rastafarian images was not a “fair use” and therefore a copyright violation. The case is currently on appeal and many museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York’s Museum of Modern Art have voiced support for Mr. Prince.