With the re-release of James Cameron’s movie Titanic in 3D, new issues of copyright protection and intellectual property laws have been ignited by Cameron’s use of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Though this painting originally was used in the 1997 release of the film, the Picasso family and estate argued that the painting is now a different work of art with the 3D animations. The actual canvas resides at the Museum of Modern Art, but the Picasso estate holds the copyright of the painting, stemming from intellectual property laws that allow the family of the artist to retain copyright to images up to 70 years after the artist’s death. This law, as well as the mistaken copyrights of several other artists, also caused numerous paintings to be removed from the ever-growing Google Art Project due to copyright infringement. The Artists Rights Society and the Visual Arts and Galleries Association both are working in tandem to ensure that all rights are being protected within these various burgeoning digital projects.
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