Lynn Goldsmith's Fight Is Your Fight

Lynn Goldsmith has lost a very important court case in NY Federal District Court.  The ruling affects all visual artists, especially photographers.  This case was lost to the Warhol Foundation, which has very deep pockets and can now feel empowered, as can other famous wealthy artists or corporations, to continue their taking of the works of photographers, graphic artists and others without permission or payment.  The issue is not just selling it as a fine art creation of Andy Warhol but for licensing of the image as “stock” sales as well.

Lynn Goldsmith was “preemptively” sued by the Warhol Foundation to establish a legal position that an image Lynn created was now theirs because Warhol made “sufficient” alterations to the image. The judge in this case ruled for the Warhol Foundation. They filed for her to pay their legal fees and expenses even though they initiated the suit. Lynn could be responsible for the Foundation’s legal fees that can run into the millions. Can you imagined being sued to have one of your images declared someone else’s and then have to pay for their, as well as your, attorney’s fees, too?


It could happen to you.

The cavalier, arbitrary, and capricious nature of this judicial decision of such an obvious theft seems to purposely invite plagiarism, which is the word thieves hate. They prefer the words appropriation and expropriation, which still means the taking of someone else’s property without permission or authority.

This decision must be appealed.

The fact that Lynn Goldsmith is continuing this battle in appeals court means that she’s fighting the battle for all artists and photographers. She’s fighting your battles for you.

You could be next. If we don’t help fight this gross miscarriage of justice now, it will come back to bite us in the ass later.


Lynn is risking everything she has. If she wins, we all can be a bit safer in the knowledge that there will be a legal precedent that can keep the thieves at bay.

I have contributed and you owe it to yourselves to contribute as generously as you can so that we will have, hopefully, in the future a certain security that our work cannot be stolen under some legal technicality that works against us.

This is your fight! Help win it. Spread the word.

To help combat this decision, contribute to: gofundme.com/warholvsgoldsmith


Jay Maisel

UPDATE: Jay Myself movie to open Nationwide

 

We're excited to announce that Jay Myself will be opening in 26+ cities across the country in the next couple of months (more to come, possibly). To see the latest locations and dates, go to the official movie website JayMyself.com or jaymyself.oscilloscope.net (it's the same site) and click on Screenings in the menu bar, or scroll down the page until you see the cities listing.

Jay Myself movie

Jay Myself movie

 

Stephen Wilkes' film, Jay Myself, is opening at the Film Forum in NYC on July 31.

Stephen & I will do a Q&A at the following shows:

  • Wednesday, July 31, 7:45 show
  • Thursday, August 1, 7:45 show
  • Friday, August 2, 7:45 show
  • Saturday, August 3, 6:00 show 
  • Sunday, August 4, 4:10 show 
  • Sunday, August 4, 6:00 show

The link to buy tickets is below. Please tell, or bring, your friends and family. We hope to see you there.

https://filmforum.org/film/jay-myself

And here's the link to the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDD4OKZ_0uU&t=1s

 JAY MYSELF in Los Angeles

Film will be opening in LA at the Laemmle Royal theater beginning August 16. Stephen and Bette will be there through the 18th to do Q & A .

Here's the link to buy tickets:

https://www.laemmle.com/films/45846?fbclid=IwAR0Gf0QMQxnOhctXmuyne4a3_ddgZ7sDEVTqb9UvkKtOTySp8rWk6mByMnk

 

Jay Maisel Interviewed by Daily Mail

Jay Maisel Interviewed by Daily Mail

Last month Regina Graham and photographer Barry William of the Daily Mail stopped by the studio to talk to Jay about living through the dramatic changes on the Bowery over last 50 years. The article displays numerous images of Jays, some published for the first time, and Jay's thoughts about the changes to the iconic area once known as "Skid Row."

Enjoy, 

Matt Dean
Studio Manager
Jay Maisel Photography

Interview with Dave Dye

Interview with Dave Dye

Dave Dye, a London based Art Director, and Blogger, recently interviewed Jay Maisel to try and uncover the evolution of Jay's work throughout his career. There are about 40-or-so questions peppered through many photos, that covers his childhood, transitioning from painting to photography and film to digital, on color, working with ad agencies, and cleared up a strange rumor that his rejected slides somehow ended up in Mexico. 

 
Enjoy, 


Matt Dean 
Studio Manager 
Jay Maisel Photography

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