Professor Shubha Ghosh Explains the Kat Von D Tattoo Copyright Verdict

Crandall Melvin Professor of Law Shubha Ghosh commented to the New York Times on the verdict handed down in the copyright trial of tattoo artist Kat Von D, who was sued by a photographer for using his photo as the basis for a customer’s tattoo. The jury ruled unanimously in favor of Von D that her work did not violate copyright law.

Ghosh, Director of the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute, said, “The idea behind fair use is that creative works build upon other creative works.”