Street artist Thierry Guetta, better known as Mr Brainwash, is being sued by a photographer for copyright infringement over a well-known image of rap group Run DMC. Lawyers acting for photographer Glen Friedman say Guetta reproduced his 1985 photograph without authorisation and used it in unique works of art, prints and promotional material, including postcards for his 2008 debut exhibition in Los Angeles, “Life Is Beautiful”. Friedman’s lawyer, Douglas Linde, says they are entitled to a share of “indirect profits” from the exhibition. Linde is seeking unspecified damages for “damage to [Friedman’s] business in the form of diversion of trade, loss of income and profits, and a dilution of the value of its rights”.
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