|Evolution of a Kanye Kiss|
The story begins with Getty Photographer Jason Merritt taking a photo of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian kissing in 2015. Lewis then posted on Instagram her image which swapped out Kim with Kayne. The image then took Sydney, when, in March, an artist named Scott Marsh turned the photo into a street art mural, which went viral.
Since the buffing of mural, another mural has popped up in its place of a Sydney radio celebrity. As reported in BuzzFeed, Marsh bid to paint this second mural, but the commissioners went with a different, cheaper artist. This has left an indignant Marsh with a 'sour taste' in his mouth. However, the Internet, bastion of forgiveness, has quickly reminded Marsh that his mural is a copy of Lewis's work.
If $100k sale actually exists, there may be some interest in legal action. The general sentiment echoes this quote from the AmeriKat on the Obama Hope case, "this is a case not of a copyright owner actively protecting their copyright from bona fide infringement but a copyright owner recognizing a commercial opportunity for the licensing of derivative works post facto the success of a particular work." It will be interesting to see what Merritt and Lewis do next.
Further IPKat coverage of street art here and here. Kayne previously on IPKat here.