Google encourages an Artist's reuse of Google Street View imagery

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 18 August 2009.

Morning Tracks image Image from Google Street View used as reference. image

Techdirt has just published a post about an artist who is using Google Street View imagery to find scenes around the world to paint, and Google are apparently thrilled that their copyright material is being used this way. It's great to know some companies appreciate creative interpretation of their material.

“By now you’ve all heard about the lawsuit between Shepard Fairey for taking a photo, which the AP claims it owns (though, that’s in dispute), and turning it into the iconic election poster for Barack Obama. However, it seems that other companies don’t react in such a way when people turn their photographs into art. Ed Kohler points us to a story of a painter, Bill Guffey, who has been using Google Street View to find scenes around the globe to paint. He’s able to paint far away towns without leaving his house. And he’s doing it for commercial purposes. The article notes that he’s painted nearly 100 such images, and sold 30 to 40 of them, some for as much as $1,500.”

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