On Seeing, A Journal.
July 23rd, 2019
“Famous Artist vs. Goldsmith”
Portrait of PRINCE by Lynn Goldsmith.
The bad news: an artist’s work can be stolen.
The worse news: the theft may be legal.
You are a photographer. You make an image — original, uniquely yours. The image is published in a book, magazine, newspaper, or online. All good things.
Then a famous artist sees the image, downloads it, alters it to fit his or her style and sells it as his or her original art. You receive nothing. Neither credit nor compensation. And, that artist can copyright the image as his and sue you preemptively to secure that new copyright!
And the altered image can now be published in magazines, newspapers, and books, (not to mention sold as original art) which could put you – the original artist — in legal jeopardy with the subject(s) in your photograph, despite your having obtained the usual releases.
Though it would seem that any court would see the preposterous injustice in this, you actually may have no recourse. By virtue of a few artistic changes, your creation in an altered form is now owned by someone else. How are you going to feel when this occurs? What are you going to do about it?
Photographer Lynn Goldsmith has been in an epic legal struggle to maintain copyright ownership of her images.
I ask you to please contribute to the defense fund to help combat this damaging decision: www.gofundme.com/warholvsgoldsmith.
My wife, Beverly Ornstein, and I have donated $1,000 to this important fund and I ask all of you to join in the effort to prevent the erosion of our legally established copyrights.
If all of us as photographers and artists who care about our work take the time to post and share this site on our social networks and donate significantly to the defense fund, Lynn (and all of us whose work depends on our copyrights)
might have a chance to win on appeal. Lynn Goldsmith is planning to risk everything she owns to keep fighting, and she needs an army of support.
Please help, dig deeply; this appeal to all photographers and artists needs to be powerful and become viral.
Lynn Goldsmith’s appeal to fight the ruling that shatters the right of any photographer to definitively copyright his or her work can be found on her site: https://www.gofundme.com/warholvsgoldsmith.
Please share with every creative person you know!