In 1984, Warhol painted a series of portraits of Prince and, according to the suit, he “drew inspiration from and transformed a publicity photograph” of the artist that was in circulation at the time. Now, three decades later, the estate claims photographer Lynn Goldsmith is complaining that the works, a sample from which is below, violate her copyright in the original 1981 photo.
Good artists borrow great artists steal. It is always disheartening watching vultures pick the corpses of talented people. I remember thinking how silly it was when Prince changed his stage name to the symbol. Then I grew up and realized how oppressive his contract was artistically and financially to him.
If it is true good artists borrow and great artists steal, lawyers and bankers are the greatest artists of all.