[rumori] hollywood is on our side?

illegal art (illegalartATdetritus.net)
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 08:15:24 +0900

from ARTnews Summer 99 (sorry i can't type the whole thing... so....)

Prop Art: With more and more paintings getting supporting roles in the
movies, Hollywood and the art world are duking it out over copyright issues.

[i can't type the whole... so i'll just skip to an interesting paragraph]

Defining copyright infringement can be difficult. What is the difference
between painting something in the style of a famous artist and copying a
work? Making the art look familiar but different is what Central
Properties, a prop house in Manhattan, does with a computer program called
New York Displays. They might take a Rothko and fiddle with it -- changing
the colors, for instance -- to make it Rothko-esque. But producing works
that closely resemble the master' is dangerous territory. In Paramount's
1998 movie Snake Eyes, starring Nicholas Cage, a dirigible appears
on-screen painted with a cloud-filled eye that looks like Magritte's
painting The False Mirror minus the eye-lid. "The artist's estate decided
that it was not only derivitive but vulgar," says Decker.

[so there was a settlement]


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