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Gilbert and George use my work.

Gilbert and George copy or steal from Steve Bloom?

Gilbert and George copy or steal from Steve Bloom?

Gilbert and George copy or steal my work

“Good artists copy. Great Artists steal” – Pablo Picasso (allegedly)

Renowned artists Giblet and Gorge took thirteen postcards of my photograph of London’s Houses of Parliament at sunset and arranged them …on a piece of paper. I took the photograph more than a quarter of a century ago and it has since been sold millions of times on postcards at tourist outlets in London. I have not received royalties for this usage.

Giblet and Gorge bought thirteen of the cards, arranged them in a silly configuration, and advertised their “collage” for sale through the White Cube Gallery, for about twenty thousand pounds. They called it ‘Pink and Blue’, a reference to my colour scheme. They say the postcards were arranged to show “an angulated version of the sign of urethra”.

The general argument put forward by the art community is that such works are derivative, found objects arranged to create a new meaning and therefore a new copyright exists in the name of the artist.

My view is that the artwork would have been a blank sheet of paper without my intellectual input and therefore is a breach of my copyright.

What is your view?

3 Comments to “Gilbert and George use my work.”

  1. this is ridiculous i have looked in to this type of thing before they say if you can change a image 60% you can call it your own but who is to say what is changing a image and what is simply adding to a image in any case the concept of this really annoys me it is lazy and in my book stealing you wouldn’t walk in to a shop vandalise a tv and say it is 60% different and since i changed it, it now belongs to me. I think this is a shame this has happened to you if it happened to a image owned by a huge company you would never get away with it.

  2. Ian says:

    Lazy conceptual artists….no bones about it this is copyright infringement!

  3. CS says:

    That Picasso quote makes me want to slap someone LOL! If he even said it it’s taken out of context at best, plus most important of all, Picasso’s utterances are NOT part of copyright law. All artists have an obligation to know and comply with copyright laws. In the US and many countries there’s no formula for making it legal.

    There are many good articles debunking common but wrong beliefs, if you google copyright myths.

    Another good source of info is a site called public domain sherpa. It explains how to find actual public domain material, which is not the same as public display. No artist should confuse those two!

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