Art Law

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Cariou v. Prince Appeal

"Île de France" (2008) by Richard Prince.

“Île de France” (2008) by Richard Prince.

The Art Newspaper reports today that the United States Supreme Court has opted not to hear photographer Patrick Cariou’s high-profile copyright infringement lawsuit against appropriation artist Richard Prince for his “Canal Zone” series of paintings.

In April the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled in favor of Mr. Prince, overturning a lower court’s initial ruling on the basis that most of Mr. Prince’s works did in fact, in the Second Circuit’s mind, transform Mr. Cariou’s. Of the 30 paintings in the “Canal Zone” series, 25 were deemed transformative by the Second Circuit, which sent five paintings back to a lower court for further evaluation. The Art Newspaper has no update on those remaining works, but apart from whatever ruling is made there, it would seem that after many years this case is done.

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