"Through his art we experience the liberation of the real in its fragmented
reduction to image. Shards of the commonplace world float free of the
gravitational pull of the real"
Found Object Art
Robert Raushenberg is an American fine artist known for his found-object collage
works. He is credited as one of the artists responsible for introducing simple,
everyday objects into the space of American painting. His works have included
old photos, pieces of scrap, pages torn from magazines, and any order of
discarded societal detritus.
One particular work includes a page torn from an old issue of Time magazine.
The page in question contains an ad for an automobile, which is principally
comprised of a photograph, and which photograph was taken by a commercial
photographer. The photographer, Pete Turner, successfully sued Raushenberg for
unauthorized use of the photograph.
The magic hand in the above representative work of Raushenberg is pointing to a
piece of discarded societal detritus, in this case an ad for hair relaxing
products. In each of these cases, does it matter that the discarded societal
detritus is not an essential piece of the work? In either case, any piece of
discarded societal detritus would probably work as well as any other piece of
discarded societal detritus. It may be helpful to analogize collages with
movies. As seen in the Batman case, copyrighted works that appear incidentally
in movies are not actionable infringements, whereas works that are displayed
more prominently may constitute an actionable infringement.