Mr. Brainwash is getting his ass sued

January 27th, 2011 | By | 6 Comments »

Mr. Brainwash, aka Thierry Guetta, is getting sued for basing some of his “artwork” on Glen E. Friedman’s iconic photograph of Run DMC (as seen on the right side of the above photograph).

Sean Bonner has an article on Boing Boing with some details of the case his thoughts. While I think he makes some good points as to why this is different from Shepard Fairey’s lawsuit with the AP over his Obama HOPE poster, I disagree with his conclusion that Mr. Brainwash’s work isn’t covered by fair use while Shepard Fairey’s should be. As much as I dislike what Thierry does, as much as I would like to bash him and as much as I think the ethical thing in this case would have been to credit and license the image from Glen E. Friedman, I’m not sure that it’s a wise thing to say that he should be legally obligated to do so. I’ll probably explain my thoughts on this in more depth in another post by the end of the week.

Photo by enderzero


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  • http://twitter.com/lunaparknyc Luna Park

    So much inferior stencil work – a category into which I lump MBW – is based directly on photographs. It’s about time he got called out for not properly crediting his sources. To truly qualify as transformative in my book, an artist needs to have contributed something of his own, not merely run it through a Photoshop filter. C215 comes to mind as someone who works with source photographs, but makes entirely original stencils out of them.

  • http://twitter.com/lunaparknyc Luna Park

    So much inferior stencil work – a category into which I lump MBW – is based directly on photographs. It’s about time he got called out for not properly crediting his sources. To truly qualify as transformative in my book, an artist needs to have contributed something of his own, not merely run it through a Photoshop filter. C215 comes to mind as someone who works with source photographs, but makes entirely original stencils out of them.

  • Bresin

    MBW hasn’t an original idea in his head. He’s nothing more than a hyperactive man who apparently needs very little sleep to refuel his hyperactivity. This, along with his obsessive personality are two areas where he might be given credit, since with those traits a creative mind could go a very long way. But he has the mind of a salesman and that’s pretty much it.

  • Bresin

    MBW hasn’t an original idea in his head. He’s nothing more than a hyperactive man who apparently needs very little sleep to refuel his hyperactivity. This, along with his obsessive personality are two areas where he might be given credit, since with those traits a creative mind could go a very long way. But he has the mind of a salesman and that’s pretty much it.

  • Bresin

    MBW hasn’t an original idea in his head. He’s nothing more than a hyperactive man who apparently needs very little sleep to refuel his hyperactivity. This, along with his obsessive personality are two areas where he might be given credit, since with those traits a creative mind could go a very long way. But he has the mind of a salesman and that’s pretty much it.

  • Guest

    MBW is no more than a crude plagiarist.Fair enough that people may want to pay for his works but with that comes the flipside of paying royalties to the people who own or CREATED the originals.