Fashion Week: It’s Complicated

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New York Fashion Week kicked off this past Thursday, and with it some complicated topics graphic designers are very familiar with:

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Eliminating fear and loathing of fair use

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Fair use exists to allow scholars, educators, researchers, and more to use copyrighted works without permission or paying royalties.

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Searching for the great image

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Center image by John Reynolds

When searching for that great image online it’s easy and tempting to simply right click and copy any image you find. There is no warning signal or stop sign that appears with a message asking, “Yes, you can take this image, but should you?”

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Herding cats (aka copyrighting a Meme)

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“Memes are, without a doubt, the greatest thing about the internet.” 

This quote comes from an article by Squire Sanders, Richard Pascoe, Richard W. Horton and Alex Butterworth, “Memes in advertising: a copyright mess.

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Dog eat dog world?

Robynne Raye and her partner at Modern Dog, Michael Strassburger, have been involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit with Disney, Target, and the Jaya Apparel group for the past several years. Modern Dog filed a lawsuit against the companies when the artwork from the end papers of their 2008 Compendium showed up on T-shirts being sold by Target.

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Moving the lines between copyright and fair use

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Image by Richard Prince from “Canal Zone” series

Last month Richard Prince made history when the court ruling against him for copyright infringement against him was overturned.

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