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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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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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Do We Need a Copyright & Fair Use Best Practices Document?

While issues about copyright and fair use are not new, our feelings about them may never have been more divisive than they are today. It’s also highly unlikely that in today’s work environment, graphic designers won’t be faced with these issues on a daily basis.

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Was Shepard Fairey’s use fair?

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses in front of the Barack Obama Hope artwork he designed in this 2009 photo. (Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press / September 8, 2012)

Last week Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years probation and a $25,000 fine for tampering with evidence in his copyright battle with the Associated Press. Some, including prosecutor Daniel Levy, felt Fairey should have served jail time. Levy contends, “A sentence without any term of imprisonment sends a terrible message to those who might commit the same sort of criminal conduct.”

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Does John Williams have no empathy?

Image from RockPaperInk blog post "Love Thy Logo"

The recent Logo Garden scandal has many graphic designers up in arms. From the Action Alert sent by AIGA to warn graphic designers about possible theft and plagiarism of their logos, to the blog post “Love Thy Logo” on RockPaperInk by Bill Gardner, it is clear many are appalled.

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