Pepe the Frog used to be a simple cartoon character; that is, it was that until it was stolen from the creator and started being used by the alt-right. Matt Furie is the artist and creator of Pepe the Frog; he created Pepe for the cartoon Boy’s Club in 2005.
The “Hope” poster created for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign is perhaps the most iconic presidential campaign poster of all time. The poster is a stencil style portrait of the President with the word “hope” directly under the image. It was created by contemporary street artisit Shepard Fairey, who prior
Robin Thicke and Pharrellel Williams getting sued for “Blurred Lines” is poetic justice. The song was a great success; it peaked at number one in over 15 countries. Receiving a Grammy nomination, spending 12 weeks at the top of the charts, and making it the longest running single of 2013—nothing
Artist Richard Prince is known for taking people’s artwork and changing them slightly so that he can sell them for profit. He creates “new” pieces by relying heavily on the work of others. However, Prince took things a little bit too far when he entered the world of Instagram and
In music, sampling was originally developed by experimental musicians, who altered and manipulated vinyl records on a phonograph. Today, sampling has evolved into the act of taking a portion, also known as a sample, of a sound recording and reusing it in a different song or musical piece. Sometimes an
The above article resolves around the recent controversy about a photo of Australian photographer Rohan Anderson which the band “Red Jumpsuit Apparatus” posted on Facebook without permission. The band defended their action by claiming that “all digital art should be free” and further that they would be giving away their
When it comes to modern-day art pieces, many people gawk at the recreation of an original art piece that’s been transformed into something a little different. Appropriation of art is the re-use of pre-existing art with very little to no changes made to them. It’s been argued that appropriation is
Richard Prince Copyright Case: Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Appropriation Artist By LARRY NEUMEISTER 04/25/13 07:37 PM ET EDT NEW YORK — Painter and photographer Richard Prince, whose works have sold for millions of dollars, did not violate copyrights with most of the paintings and collages he based on