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Legal Brief: The Met Wins Case Against a Photographer Over Van Halen Image

By David Schonauer   Wednesday April 7, 2021

A panel of judges has ruled in favor of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in a copyright case over the institution’s use of a photograph of Eddie Van Halen. The photo, a 1982 concert image of Van Halen shot by Florida-based photographer Lawrence Marano, was used by the museum in an online catalog for the 2019 exhibition “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll.” Marano sued for copyright infringement that same year, arguing that he never granted permission for the photograph to be used. In 2020 a federal judge dismissed the suit, ruling that Marano had failed to show why the Met’s use of the image was not fair use. Now an appeals court has upheld the decision.

Read the whole story at artnet news.

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