Saturday, 19 February 2011

Che Image Copyright

This pop painting of revolutionary Che Guevara became one of the most iconic images of the late 20th Century. It was a fashion accessory for teenagers, whether they had anything to revolt about or not. But how many of us know the name of the artist who created it? The image was released into the public domain in 1968 for idealistic reasons by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick. He is now disillusioned with the "crass commercial" uses of his artwork and has decided to apply for copyright. He isn't after any money for himself. He would like the copyright and any money it gains to go to Che Guevara's family, perhaps to help poor children in Cuba. It will be interesting to see what happens.


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