courtesy Michelle Stearn
I have a story about a DC artist who illegally copyrighted and stole an image co-created by Aja, an LGBTQIA artist of color, and got away with it. We have support right now (976 signatures and counting on our Change.org petition, featured on the NBC4 evening news) but the DC artist has yet to come out and respond.
This case is part of a systemic pattern of institutional racism. Artists of color in the LGBTQIA community like Aja are continuously exploited by their white counterparts, who get away with it.
Here is the article in its entirety.”
NBC Washington reported:
“We take copyright matters very seriously and after an initial review, we determined that this is a contractual disagreement between the two parties.” the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities said in a statement to News4.
News4 has reached out to the artist who painted the mural, but she has not responded.”