A Torontonian is furious after learning her Instagram photo was sold for $90,000 without consent. The 19-year old’s photo of her sister and her sister’s boyfriend was taken by Richard Prince, an infamously controversial artist from the U.S. Prince, showed the photo as part of a collection titled “New Portraits”. Prince has been known to take photos captured by others, manipulate them and then present them as his own. Firstly, I have no clue concerning the legalities surrounding Instagram photos, however, I’d like to think it’s copyright infringement to take someone else’s Instagram photo. According to The Toronto Star, an Instagram spokesperson emailed the following: “People in the Instagram community own their photos, period. On the platform, if someone feels their copyright has been violated, they can report it to us and we will take appropriate action. Off the platform, content owners can enforce their legal rights.”
A Toronto Star article came out about me and the whole Richard Prince issue today. I'm disappointed in how my thoughtful answers were basically ignored, misquoted, misunderstood, and the article turned out to be about money. Profit isn't the issue and I wouldn't want a profit from a man who is making his money off of exploiting women and their images. I'd rather this not have happened or the money go to a greater issue like Bellevue/NYU Program for survivors of torture and female mutilation. I feel that my voice was not heard and my thoughts were paraphrased missing the entire point. I wanted to make a difference. I posted my actual full answers on my tumblr femalefiasco. I'd love if you'd read them.
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