Joan Miro and Copyright Insanity
The Joan Miro logo
that Google had on their homepage yesterday to celebrate the birthday of the Spanish artist was taken down early because of "copyright violation". The Artists Rights Society represents the family of Miro (along with a bunch of other artists) and asked Google to take it down because "It's a distortion of the original works and in that respect it violates the moral rights of the artist".
It's right to protect the rights of an artist if people are profiting from it or are using their image inappropriately, but is this just being silly? It's not like Google were profiting from the logo, it was a tribute to Miro. The logo also linked to the search results of "Joan Miro", which looks like free advertising for the name of the artist to me.
I seriously cannot see any reason for the Artists Rights Society to ask Google to do such a thing. They're actually working against the promotion of the life and work of the artist.
There's more on the story here.
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