Jeff Koons Drops Silly Lawsuit Over Balloon Dog Bookends… But Not Before Helping To Sell A Bunch
from the nice-work dept
Last month, we wrote about the ridiculous situation in which appropriation artist Jeff Koons, who famously “appropriates” works from elsewhere to make his art, had threatened to sue a store in San Francisco, called Park Life, for selling balloon dog bookends. Despite the fact that balloon dogs have been around for ages, well before Koons turned the concept into a statue, he seemed to think that the bookends were infringing on his work. You can see the two below (bookends on the left, Koons’ work on the right):
Oh yeah. On top of all that, reports say that the legal threat has massively increased demand for the bookends. So while Koons doesn’t want his name associated with them, it is due solely to his own actions… and those actions have also served to sell a lot of the bookends that Koons so dislikes. Before this, apparently, they weren’t selling that well. Park Life says they’d sold three. But since the legal threats, they’ve sold somewhere around 150.
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Comments on “Jeff Koons Drops Silly Lawsuit Over Balloon Dog Bookends… But Not Before Helping To Sell A Bunch”
This just leads me back to the video posted recently of Couric and Gumbel back in 1994 babbling on TV about the internet. It was so obvious that they didn’t get it then, one has to wonder if all the lawsuits, domain “confiscations” (call it what it is – theft by color of authority), DMCA take-down notices, and all the rest is because most of these people are still clueless about the internet. It has produced a paradigm of communication and community so new and vast that they simply cannot get their minds around the concepts that it produces. It has indeed turned the world into a village, even if our so-called leaders still don’t understand that. In a village, what you do with your wife in private is known all over town before you even get out of the door…
I must agree.
It is sometimes unfortunate that all real cultural advances are generational, if for no other reason than the present/previous generation simply cannot come to terms with the reality of that which has come into being.
Something that gets an smile on my face every time I see it is that black strip on the yellow balloon dog.
I saw these on clearance at the factory seconds store Marshall’s the other day. Remembering this article I wanted to buy one…but they still are ugly and overpriced