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Street Artist Mr. Brainwash Getting Sued Over Run DMC Photograph

Filed under: Legal MattersEtc.

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Ruh-roh.

Street artist Thierry Guetta, otherwise known as Mr. Brainwash, is being sued by photographer, Glen Friedman, for copyright infringement.

Friedman says that Mr. Brainwash improperly used his photograph of Run DMC, taken in Queens, NY in 1985, and is seeking unspecified damages.

Mr. Brainwash, whose work can be seen in the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop along with the works of fellow street artist, Banksy, is being accused of using the photograph in several of his artwork without paying any licensing fees.

Friedman's attorney, Douglas Linde, has even gone so far as calling Mr. Brainwash a "blatant plagiarist."

Yikes.

A trial date is set for later this year.

This is a tough one. The artwork is mostly stencil - an actual photograph is not used in the art - but it looks like it still violates infringement laws.

Bummer.

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Good News, Banksy! You're Invited To The Oscars & You Can Dress However You Like!!!

Filed under: Oscars

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We were sort of bummed to hear through the grapevine this week that it was unlikely that Banksy will appear at the Academy Awards this year, despite the fact that his documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, is nominated.

We had heard that it was Banksy's wish to come dressed
as a monkey, as to keep his identity a secret, but the Academy wouldn't allow it. However, Academy president Tom Sherak has just come forward to clarify that Banksy has an open invitation to attend dressed as whatever he'd like - provided that he is dressed. He explained to sources:

"The media is making it exciting with all the questions about Banksy. I think it’s all good and if he shows up, he shows up. I won’t stop him."

In other words, hell yes they want the publicity so the crazier the stunt the better!

This still leaves just one problem. If he does come wearing a mask, how will they be able to prove that its really him?!

We guess that's just part of the fun! Ha!

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