Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Rosie O'Donnell in copyright scuffle over courtroom sketches

This is a strage copyright case. Apparently Rosie used two artist's courtroom sketches in a sort of collage she made to commemorate her courtroom experience, her own original artwork. (She was recently involved in a lawsuit over her failed magazine, "Rosie.") She also cut off their signatures and addresses on the pictures. The only reason Rosie had the pics is because the artists gave her small copies so she could determine if she would like to purchase the originals. The piece that O'Donnell created turned up for sale in the POP International Gallery in SoHo, NYC, and also in a Key West gallery.

The artists are seeking damages of $1 million. I have a feeling that the damages are nowhere near that amount.


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