Rogers vs koons and Jk Rowling defamation case

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Published on March 8, 2014

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This slideshow is about Rogers vs Koons copyright act An JK Rowling defamation case

Press laws and ethics BY BHAVISHA JANGID

Art Rogers vs. Jeff Koons

Art Rogers  Art Rogers who is a professional photographer  Black-and white photo of a man and woman sitting on a bench holding 8 puppies called “Puppies”  Photograph used on various greeting cards and other generic merchandise.

Art Rogers, Puppies, photography, 1985

Jeff koons  One of the most important living contemporary artists  Found the postcard  Made a sculpture based on the photograph  Jeff Koons created his work of art in 1988  Entitled it String of Puppies


The case : copyrights infringement  The resemblance between the photograph and the sculpture  There are some subtle differences found  The case of the exaggerated noses of the puppies and some other added elements such as the flowers behind the woman’s ears  Koons sold three editions for a total of $367,000  May 1989, Rogers came acroos Koons sculpture on the front page of the Los Angeles Times’ Sunday calendar section

 Sue Jeff Koons and the gallery that represented him during that time i.e. Sonnabend Gallery.  Koons did not deny that he copied the photograph  He claimed that it was fair use by parody.  Parody is defined as the humorous form of social commentary and literary criticism in which one work imitates another.

Procedure  Rogers brought suit against Koons in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York  Alleging copyright infringement and unfair competition under § 43(a) of the Lanham Act and under state law.  District court limited Rogers' motion to the copyright infringement claim.  The court entered a permanent injunction enjoining Koons and Sonnabend Gallery from making, selling, lending or displaying any copies of, or derivative works based on, "Puppies,"  Defendants to deliver all infringing articles to plaintiff within 20 days, including the fourth or artist's copy of "String of Puppies."

Holding  Number of Judgment of District Court is affirmed.


 Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is suing the Daily Mail  published an article in September  How JK Rowling’s sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered- online  “How JK Rowling’s sob story about her single mother past has surprised and confused the church members who cared for her” in print.  The article related to a recent piece Rowling had written for a charity website about the struggles faced by single parents.  This case comes at an interesting time legally, as libel laws in the UK have recently changed.


 Allegation complained of self-evidently of a serious nature  False picture of the claimant’s article on the Gingerbread website  As the defendant’s journalist must have known the claimant had not accused her fellow churchgoers of ‘stigmatising’ or ‘cruelly taunting’ her.  She had referred to a single occasion involving a woman who had visited the church one day whilst she was working there.  There was thus no basis in fact for the central premise of the article.

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