If you made a copy of the Mona Lisa and added a mustache to it would you consider what you created a new piece of art?
Welcome to the world of appropriation art.
I’m happy that appropriation artists are being sued by the creators of the original art.
Shepard Fairey and Richard Prince are a couple of the better known appropriation artists.
On a personal level, I think that appropriation artists are unoriginal and lazy. In my opinion they steal someone’s work, make a couple of minor changes and claim that have created a new piece of art.
On a professional level, I think that appropriation artists are unoriginal, lazy and, since they base the “art” that they create on another artists work, they should be sued for copyright infringement.
I’m glad that appropriation art lawsuits are becoming more common .