Artist Richard Prince, along with his gallery and publisher were sued in 2008 for copyright infringement by photographer Patrick Cariou. This week a federal court ruled in favor of Cariou.
The court ruled that Prince's use of many of Cariou's photographs was infringement and not fair use. Prince is likely to appeal. Assessment of damages and attorney's fees has not been made. Registering your photographs' copyright is important. You never know if a famous artist might appropriate your work.