Artistic Freedom Of Speech Under Threat

In the US a judge has declared a series of paintings illegal because of copyright. They cannot be shown by their owners:

http://www.edwardwinkleman.com/2011/03/appropriation-prohibition-or-why-i.html

This will have a chilling effect on artistic production in the US. It’s also deeply silly.

In the EU a clothing manufacturer is suing an artist for making a painting including an image of one of their handbags. Again:

http://eyeteeth.blogspot.com/2011/03/louis-vuitton-sues-artist-nadia-plesner.html

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110316/01551613518/louis-vuitton-wins-lawsuit-supressing-artwork-about-lv-ish-bag—-genocide-maybe.shtml

This would have a chilling effect on artistic production in the EU if we had any kind of Fair Use culture here to chill.

But don’t worry, Fair Use still applies to lawyers’ blogs when they want to explain that it shouldn’t apply to artists:

http://artmeetslaw.blogspot.com/2011/03/as-simple-as-asking-for-permission.html

Permission culture and censorship may seem reasonable when they don’t apply to you. But they’re not.

This is the worst environment I’ve seen for artistic freedom in the West in some years. We urgently need to promote and protect artistic freedom as part of free culture and freedom of speech in general.

Posted in Art, Free Culture
One comment on “Artistic Freedom Of Speech Under Threat
  1. I’m still waiting for the “Fuck Copyright!” movement to start up (the one that actually sets out to freely appropriate from all published works – not the ‘free culture’ ghetto that dares only self-appropriate).
    What happened to artists with balls eh? Are they all emasculated these days? Subjugated and kowtowing to the corporate overlords in the hope of recognition and reward of indentured servitude? Seems like there’s a gap in the market for a few incorrigible artists who dare prepare unauthorised derivatives. Lunatic judges deeming their art ‘infringing’ can only promote them it seems. Nothing better than the cachet of forbidden art…