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Cariou v. Prince

Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince, Gagosian Gallery, Inc., Lawrence Gagosian, and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., No. 08 Civ. 11327 (S.D.N.Y. March 18, 2011), rev'd in part, vacated in part, remanded in part, No. 11-1197-cv (2d Cir. Apr. 25, 2013).


In this case, Plaintiff Patrick Cariou, a French photographer, filed a copyright infringement action against “appropriation” artist Richard Prince, Prince’s dealer Lawrence Gagosian and the Gagosian Gallery, Inc. (“Gagosian Defendants”), and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq., claiming that Prince’s Canal Zone paintings, exhibited and sold by Gagosian, infringed the copyrights owned by Cariou for the photographs published in his 2000 book Yes Rasta. Rizzoli Publications was voluntarily dismissed from the action on February 5th, 2010, and both sides moved forsummary judgment.The Court . . . .

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