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Wednesday, October 01, 2003  

Old-Material Girl
Madonna is getting sued (again) by the son of the late French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin who claims Madonna's video for "Hollywood" is a blatant visual theft of his fathers ground-breaking work. The Smoking Gun has some side-by-side comparison photos and they are all strikingly similar. I still think that the suit is a bunch of hooey though. Samuel Bourdin is clearly just looking to cash in on his fathers legacy, if not from the suit then from the publicity generated from it. I fully support the protection of intellectual property but at the same time homage is powerful tool, and I feel it was important for the concept of this video. At the very most, perhaps Madonna, Maverick Records, and MTV should add something to the video the acknowledges Bourdin's inspiration. But if this went to trial and was decided in favor of Bourdin I think it would be a great blow to film as a visual medium. Discuss?

posted by JMV | 10/01/2003 08:15:00 PM
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