Most people probably didn't wake up this morning intending to read about or look at the work of Spanish artist Joan Miro. But, if they saw Google's Miro-inspired logo today, commemorating the artist's birthday, their interest may have been piqued. None of this free publicity seems to be sitting well with the late artist's family, as they've demanded that Google take down the logo, citing copyright violation. Of course, the logo didn't actually use any of Miro's work; it only paid homage to his style. Certainly, the family can't claim a copyright on Miro's style. If they could, the entire art world would collapse, since almost everything is heavily influenced by the work of others. Google, probably wisely, took down the logo, which only would have run a few more hours. Stories about patents stifling innovation have become pretty common. It's unfortunate that some are abusing the copyright system to prevent the world from being a more beautiful, visually interesting place.
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