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networked photography and copyright

Doug Rickard, #40.805716, Bronx, NY (2009), 2011, ink-jet print. From the series “A New American Picture,” 2008–11.

VISITING CHICAGO? Then surely one of your stops should be Millennium Park, to record your presence in the reflective surface of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate. Officially unveiled in 2006, the polished-steel sculpture quickly acquired the affectionate nickname “the Bean.” And just as quickly, its allure became a source of controversy, as security guards attempted to enforce city policy requiring paid permits for professional photographers (identifiable, apparently, by their tripods).

The injunction was purportedly intended to protect Kapoor’s copyright, though it soon became clear that the city had secured license to those rights for itself and was therefore guarding its own merchandising interests. Reactions were fast and furious. Immediate evidence of the futility of policing photographers’ access came in the form of a Flickr compendium tagged “cloudgate,” which now includes more than

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