June 13, 2012

The Lawsuit of the Limited Edition

The legal fight between photographer William Eggleston and a wealthy patron over new prints of images issued years ago as limited editions has put a controversial practice under scrutiny, and raised several questions. What does “limited edition” mean, exactly? Is it legal to reprint images in larger sizes or using a different process after those images have been issued as a limited edition? And if it is legal to do that, is it ethical?

The trouble began after Eggleston created new, limited-edition digital inkjet pigment prints of some of his most iconic images, and sold them at a Christie’s auction in March. That single-owner sale raked in $5.9 million for the benefit of the Eggleston Artistic Trust, a private entity controlled by Eggleston and his two sons.

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