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SCOTUS rejects fair use defense in Warhol copyright case


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Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its much-anticipated ruling in a case that drew attention partly because it involved two widely renowned artists: the musician Prince and the visual artist Andy Warhol. More importantly, though, the high court weighed in on some of the limits of the fair use defense to copyright infringement. This article covers the fair use doctrine and its application in the case, notably that the original photo and the copying use shared substantially the same purpose. A short sidebar discusses other Warhol works that make an artistic commentary on consumerism, and thus had a different purpose from the original image. Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, No. 21-869 (U.S. May 18, 2023).

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