Ryan McGinley Sued In Copyright Case – Artnet Magazine

Artist Janine “Jah Jah” Gordon has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against photographer Ryan McGinley for copyright infringement, arguing that 150 of McGinley’s photographs, including several used in an ad campaign for Levi’s, a co-defendant in the suit, are “substantially based” on Gordon’s original work.

Janine Gordon
Ryan McGinley

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4 Responses to Ryan McGinley Sued In Copyright Case – Artnet Magazine

  1. moobs says:

    IMO even if they were almost 1:1 copies the fact that he got out there and took the pics himself would be enough for there to be no infringement.

  2. Colin says:

    I’m not a fan, but there’s a huge difference between getting ideas from other people and copying them. People looking up with their arms out is hardly copyright material – and what is that referencing in the first place, where did that idea come from, what images? People in trees isn’t copyright nor skinny people running around naked at night or weird colour. There might be a lack of imagination going on but copying?

  3. lucy davies says:

    well we all know that he`s notorious for this, its not just Janine he`s been looking at a little too much what about Wolfangs piccs in the trees etc etc and Paul Grahams End of an Age series clearly he`s been at it with more than one photographer.

  4. Some guy says:

    What? Really? I have never been a big fan of Mr. McGinley’s, but this is so far fetched.

    But let me pose a question. What if the photos were consciously based on Ms Gordon’s and were as different as they clearly are. Would that be wrong? Would Ryan owe Gordon anything? In my opinion, no.

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