Photog Prevails in Copyright Case Over 'Mr. Brainwash' | PDNPulse

Photographer Dennis Morris has won his lawsuit against the appropriation artist known as Mr. Brainwash for unauthorized use of a decades-old image (shown at right) of deceased punk rocker Sid Vicious. A federal district court judge in Los Angeles recently

At the same time, the judge rejected a motion by defendant Thierry Guetta–aka Mr. Brainwash–for summary judgment on the grounds of fair use.

Judge Rules for Photog In Copyright Suit Over RUN DMC Photo | PDNPulse

French artist Theirry Guetta is guilty of infringing on photographer Glen E. Friedman’s copyright, a federal judge has ruled. Guetta was accused of using a well-know Friedman image of hip-hop pioneers RUN DMC as the basis for several artworks, including “

French artist Theirry Guetta (Mr. Brainwash) is guilty of infringing on photographer Glen E. Friedman’s copyright, a federal judge has ruled.

Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash sued for copyright infringement over Run DMC image

Above Top: Photo of Run DMC, taken by Glen E. Friedman Above Bottom: Invitation Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash used for his debut exhibition ‘Life Is Beautiful’ Earlier this month I …

Earlier this month I noted that Banksy had finally spoken about the artist Thierry Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash) profiled in his now Oscar nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop . Still, suspicions run fairly rampant that he either doesn't exist or is merely the latest prank creation by Banksy. Guetta has now given sworn statements that the artwork is his own, as he's the subject of a copyright lawsuit initiated by photographer Glen E. Friedman. The two Run DMC images above should make that fairly obvious (as well as several others after the jump).

Riddle? Yes. Enigma? Sure. Documentary?

Banksy, the pseudonymous British street artist, is laboring in a new documentary to convince audiences that he’s playing it straight.

The thing is, both Banksy and Mr. Guetta are pretty unreliable narrators. The immediate scuttlebutt was that Mr. Guetta either didn’t exist at all, that he was in cahoots with Banksy or that he was Banksy himself. Even aficionados of the scene were unsure what to think.

Mr. Brainwash Bombs L.A.

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Aficionados of Los Angeles street art might recognize the now-familiar work of one “Mr. Brainwash,” a.k.a. MBW, a.k.a. Thierry Guetta, a French filmmaker turned graffiti provocateur. Over the past few months, Mr. Brainwash images have become ubiquitous in greater Hollywood, evolving from the Banksy-style black-and-white stencils of a guy wielding a movie camera to repurposed reproductions of Elvis, Hendrix, Gandhi and other cultural icons, including the giant spray-paint can rebranded, à la Andy, as Campbell’s Tomato Spray. These MBW specials are wheat-pasted up and down the La Brea corridor, the Miracle Mile, Melrose, Fairfax . . . anyplace with an unadorned utility box or blank wall.

Check it out here.