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Ai Weiwei wins case against Volkswagen for the use of his work against his will

On July 17th, a court in Copenhagen sided with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in a legal dispute against Volkswagen. The court determined that Volkswagen’s Danish distributor Skandinavisk Motor used Weiwei’s sculptural installation Soleil Levant (2017) in an advertisement in a manner that violated the artist’s intellectual property by not obtaining permission from Weiwei […]

Judge sides with Andy Warhol Foundation on copyright suit

Copyright can be a huge gray area when it comes to incorporating artworks by other artists into new works. CJ Hendry, a New York-based artist, for example, ran into that issue when she created photorealistic images of crumpled Warhol polaroids, printed them on t-shirts, and planned to sell them last year. Just before the launch […]

Ai Weiwei is suing Volkswagen for using his work without permission

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is taking German automaker Volkswagen to court in Denmark for copyright infringement after his work appeared in an an advertisement published in 2017 without his permission. The ad, which featured an orange car, used his installation Soleil Levant (2017) as a backdrop. The installation was created using 3,500 discarded orange life jackets used […]

The company behind “Fearless Girl” is suing its creator

State Street Global Advisors, the investment firm that famously commissioned the Fearless Girl statue in Lower Manhattan in 2017, is suing the artist who made it for breach of contract and copyright infringement. According to official court filings dated as recent as February 14th, the investment firm is claiming that Kristen Visbal, the sculptor, is […]

Artist Lina Iris Viktor settles with Kendrick Lamar over Black Panther legal dispute

British-Liberian artist, Lina Iris Viktor, has accepted a settlement to conclude the lawsuit she filed against Kendrick Lamar and singer SZA, claiming that their music video for ‘All the Stars’, part of the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack released in January 2018, used her work without permission. The creators of the film reportedly approached Viktor about using […]

Ana Mendieta’s Estate Files a Lawsuit against Amazon, Settlement Ensues

If you recently watched Luca Guadagnino’s much-anticipated remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria, you may have noticed that Guadagnino was heavily inspired by a long list of 70’s feminist artists. The estate of one of them, Ana Mendieta, filed a lawsuit in Seattle federal court against Amazon Studios for borrowing from Mendieta’s work without […]