Saturday, March 10, 2018
CONTROVERSIAL KANSAS CITY ARTIST JESSICA LOGSDON SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH 'PEPE THE FROG' CREATOR!!!
One of the most prolific Kansas City underground artists recently stood at the center of a contentious free speech/fair use legal battle that garnered national attention but remained under the radar of most local media. The case was actually a significant milestone in terms of the creative discourse and online meme culture which dominates social media and pop culture conceptions of politics.
Checkit . . .
NYT: Settlement Resolves Lawsuit Over Pepe the Frog Paintings
"The settlement is the latest milestone in California-based cartoonist Matt Furie's legal campaign to reclaim his creation from far-right extremists who hijacked Pepe, mixing images of Furie's "chill frog-dude" with Nazi symbols and other hateful imagery . . . Furie and Kansas City resident Jessica Logsdon agreed to the dismissal of the federal lawsuit he filed against her in October. Each side is bearing their own legal expenses.
Furie isn't seeking any money from Logsdon, who agreed to stop using Pepe's image, according to a statement released by one of Furie's attorneys. Logsdon didn't immediately respond to a phone call or email seeking comment.
The statement says Logsdon admits she inadvertently and unintentionally infringed on Furie's copyrights. It adds that Logsdon disavows any association with the "alt-right," a white nationalist, anti-Semitic fringe movement that adopted Pepe as a mascot . . .
"As a political artist, Logsdon documented the 2016 election. Logsdon maintains that she creates artwork that promotes unity and laughter, the exact opposite of hate and violence," the statement says.
You decide . . .