My post from July 2014 on "Copyright Info for Artists" lists case studies and resources. Theft of images on the internet is a continuing issue for artists. It occurs often enough that I'm still updating this post with recent stories: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/07/copyright-info-for-artists_15.html
(Stock image below from Dreamtime.com)
Today there was a story about a so-called "artist" stealing images from the internet, blowing them up, and using them in a Gallery show .. without crediting or compensating the source of the material.. It turns out he has made quite a fortune from this practice.Wikipedia covers the 2009 copyright infringement "Cariou v. Prince" case against this same artist. Here is the summary:
And this link is for the 2015 situation...
Four more links added to this post on May 24th --- this story keeps getting more coverage!
from the New Yorker 2007--
Art News Oct 2014
New Yorker Sept 2014---
Business Insider May 2015
Washington Post May 25 2015
Business Insider May 29, 2015
Just a little online search reveals that this artist has a long history of using other artists work ----There's even a term for it: "rephotographing"
We must all be vigilant about image theft.... these rules are still being made up while we go along in this early era of art on the web. Artists need to be making the rules about this .. and educating patrons and venues.
Image below from Gagosian Gallery:
Sigh... on to better news.
Medical Heritage Library has a Facebook page. This is a great way to learn about vintage, public domain books being made accessible on the internet.
Post on this page today featured this news: One of the Medical Heritage Library's newest contributors is the University of Leeds, which recently added John Marshall's "Anatomy for Artists," published in London in 1878:
Here's a sample image.
Another Medical Heritage Library story illustrates (literally) how many in the medical field often apply their interest in anatomy to other fields of research---
link to books above here: https://archive.org/details/60941130R.nlm.nih.gov
More info also via the Medical Heritage Library main website : http://www.medicalheritage.org/
Another inspiring story today features "paying it forward" project by author Jeff Kinney, creator of "The Wimpy Kid" series ... he's building a bookstore! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/business/media/the-bookstore-built-by-jeff-kinney-the-wimpy-kid.html?_r=0
Photo below by Charlie Mahoney for the NY Times:
Bookstores are a risky business ... but darn it, isn't everything.
WRITE -- OR REVISE -- YOUR MISSION STATEMENT
If you're feeling unsure about your direction in art .. or life ... maybe that's a good time to revisit your mission statement...It's not just good business advice .. it's for your well being... (image below from coolchaser.com)
Read more about Mission Statements for wellness on this link from the Health and Wellness page of the NY Times -- :http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/personal-coaches-and-mission-statements/