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Richard Prince, “Canal Zone,” installation view, Nov. 8-Dec. 20, 2008, Gagosian Gallery, New York
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by Charlie Finch

Few decisions are as sweeping as U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts’ summary judgment in favor of photographer Patrick Cariou last Friday in Cariou’s copyright lawsuit against Richard Prince, Gagosian Gallery, Larry Gagosian and Rizzoli Books over Prince’s appropriation of photos from Cariou’s Yes Rasta book for Prince’s 2008 Canal Zone series of works, which, according to the decision sold for $1 million apiece.