Those with a blog or website should be interested in the discussion over at Art Fag City where the estate of Helmut Newton has sent Paddy Johnson a cease and desist letter. She posted a nude Naomi Campbell photo by the fashion/erotic photographer Helmut Newton when she mentioned a Naomi Campbell retrospective at the upcoming Art Basel Miami in 08.
I don’t believe that the Internet should be a lawless free for all, but what kind of business threatens legal action for receiving free publicity?! The image used is a low resolution jpg file that has zero commercial value and was used to promote an upcoming event, so I’m still trying to figure out how the estate of Helmut Newton has a problem with it.
The law firm and Helmut Newton estate are either really smart or complete idiots. Perhaps they realise that bloggers have big mouths and they will gain much more publicity by creating a controversy in the blogosphere. Or maybe they just don’t get the Internet. Either way, I won’t be mentioning any Helmut Newton exhibitions or auctions anytime soon.
Read the cease and desist letter and the ongoing discussion here.