Richard Prince News: Famous Artist Reportedly Sells People's Instagram Photos Without Permission for $100,000 [VIDEO]
An artist famous for taking other people's work and making it his own, is reportedly claiming people's Instagram shots as his own and selling them for up to $100,000 each.
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On Thursday, Peta Pixel reported that Prince has revealed his new exhibition, "New Portraits," in October where he shared photos from his Instagram feed.
He had apparently taken other people's images right from their profiles without permission and then reproduced them as his own.
The portraits are 48x65-inch images featuring a screenshot of the photo and a short massage from Prince.
One of the Instagram users whose image was the victim of the controversial theft was doedeere who took to the social networking site to tell her side of the story:
"Figured I might as well post this since everyone is texting me. Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it's just a screenshot (not a painting). No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It's already sold ($90K I've been told) during the VIP preview. No, I'm not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it!"
Last year, the artist reportedly settled a multi-year copyright infringement legal battle with a popular photographer. Prince's usage of his photos were filed as "fair use."
Prince has said in the past that copyright infringement doesn't "interest" him.
"For most of my life I owned half a stereo so there was no point in suing me, but that's changed now and it's interesting," he said in 2011.