Copyright irritations

Our friend Mark Barry, art reviewer at Baltimore’s Ionarts blog, got this email:

this is simon at 303 gallery. i noticed you had an image of Maureen Gallace‘s work up on your flickr page – please be aware that 303 Gallery owns the copyright to the work and all public display of images,

Our friend Barry Hoggard, aka Bloggy, put up a protest post, in which he cleverly republished the images!!! Way to go Bloggy.

I want to add my voice to the protest and state that the circumstances of the image being taken and the use of the image suggest this was a fair use, not in violation of the gallery’s copyright. Furthermore, the gallery is losing sight of the benefits it gains from the promotion value. Finally, I’m not linking to that mean old gallery.