by Mike Masnick
Tue, May 11th 2010 2:01am
Last week, we wrote about the rather bizarre case of the estate of artist Roy Lichtenstein threatening a band for using an image for their album cover that was "appropriated" from the same original comic that Lichtenstein himself appropriated for one of his works. The whole thing was a bit confusing and demonstrated some of the more ridiculous parts of copyright law. Either way, all the talk about it -- including a lot of people mocking the Lichtenstein estate's position -- seems to have convinced the estate to backdown. Either that or they spoke to a lawyer and realized that the claim would have been pretty weak, given that Lichtenstein himself also copied the image. Perhaps next time the Lichtenstein estate will think twice before sending out a questionable threat letter.
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