Should Google be sued for copyright infringement?

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Well, here I was thinking Google owned everything, and then I learned that they’re actually being sued for copyright infringement! Last year, Google used a backdrop picture of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane to announce the beginning of the Google Music Service.

The picture was owned by photographer Jim Marshall, who was known for photographing some of Rock’s most iconic moments. He was actually the only photographer allowed back stage for the last show of The Beatles.

Now, what makes this case controversial is that the photographs used to advertise Google Music were not straight reproductions of the picture. They were made by artist Thierry Guetta, AKA “Mr. Brainwash,” who uses appropriation art which is in a legal grey area. What he does is basically photocopy pictures, makes some alterations using bright colors or piecing together thousands of vinyl records onto the image, and calls it a day.

I don’t know what to think, really. Should Google be sued, or should Mr. Brainwash be sued? He’s the one who, like every teenage girl on Facebook with the picnik app, takes pictures and edits them a little bit to call them art. All Google did was accept the picture he produced for them. I think it’s pretty unfair to Google, but it is not like they’re short on cash or anything.

Do you think Google is responsible for the copyright infringement?

Adam LeMoine is a music enthusiast, who has been playing music for 16 years and has been following music of all kinds since age 4.



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