Wednesday, November 18, 2009
No! An Artist's Defence
Earlier this year, an unscrupulous operator filed a suit against my friend, the American artist, John T. Unger, in a federal court. They sought to overturn John's copyrights on a series of his works in order to sell unauthorised, unlicensed, mass-produced knockoffs of them. John has spent over $50,000 in legal fees but because he was not the instigator of the suit, he now faces the risk of a default judgment being entered against him unless he is able to finance a full defence in court. He cannot afford not to: the case poses the risk of a dangerous precedent being established that could be used by other imitators to strip artists of the rights which protect their original work. You can read the full story on John's website. To help John finance his defence, I've donated five, different coloured NO! images, each valued at $US1,000, from my limited edition series, the Yes/No Stencils for John to sell. As these are now hard to obtain even through my studio, John's edition, specially inscribed on the verso by both John and me, represents an opportunity to own an unique edition of the NO! images as well as help an artist locked in a desperate battle to protect his work and his income.I would urge other artists to donate their work to help John's fight. For further information, visit John's blog – or just place an order.