SuicideGirls Founder Has A Spot On Response To Richard Prince’s Instagram Theft!

SuicideGirls Founder Has A Spot On Response To Richard Prince’s Instagram Theft!

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SuicideGirls have always been trendsetters on the internet and digital rights, and they’re responding to the theft of their content in a big way.

<a href="https://suicidegirls.com" target="_blank">SuicideGirls</a> have always been trendsetters on the internet and digital rights, and they

SuicideGirls was founded as a place for girls who don’t live by their own rules, and the website itself certainly lives by that motto. That’s why, when their content was stolen, displayed, and sold without their permission, they went and did something about it.

The moves they made undercut the sleazy artist while donating all proceeds to charity. We couldn’t think of a classier way to handle the situation than what SuicideGirls ended up doing.

If you haven’t heard yet, the “artist” Richard Prince stole people’s Instagrams and displayed them in a gallery, without their permission.

If you haven

As FirstSlice reported yesterday, Richard Prince took Instagram screenshots of various models, porn stars, SuicideGirls and others, and simply printed them on canvas. He would add a random, emoji-filled comment on the picture and then commit the thievery.

A popular art dealer put these works up at one of New York’s premiere art fairs: the Frieze Gallery, and the resulting exposure led to these paintings being sold for $90,000.00 EACH. That’s right.

Some people whose images were taken, like @doedeere on Instagram, decided they weren’t going to take action.

Figured I might as well post this since everyone is texting me. Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it’s just a screenshot (not a painting) of my original post. No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It’s already sold ($90K I’ve been told) during the VIP preview. No, I’m not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it! #lifeisstrange #modernart #wannabuyaninstagrampicture

A photo posted by Doe Deere (@doedeere) on

SuicideGirls, on the other hand, issued one hell of a response!

SuicideGirls, on the other hand, issued one hell of a response!

SuicideGirls co-founder Missy Suicide posted a statement in response to all the controversy.

She said that people had been asking her what she thought of Richard Prince’s artistic decisions. She stated that if she had a nickel for every time someone violated the site’s copyright, she’d be able to afford one of the $90,000 paintings. She was upset that most people can’t afford these prints, so SuicideGirls is going to take matters into their own hands.

SuicideGirls are offering the exact same images printed on the same size canvas, with their own added comment (“true art”), for 99.9% off. That’s just $90 instead of $90,000.

SuicideGirls are offering the exact same images printed on the same size canvas, with their own added comment ("true art"), for 99.9% off. That

SuicideGirls partnered with urban art publisher EYES ON WALLS (who will be fulfilling all orders at cost) to have the images (a selection of which are above), in the exact same dimensions and printed in the same method, reproduced on canvas.

Not only is SuicideGirls providing you a better way to access art, from its content creators and not “millionaire gallery owners,” they will also be donating the profits from sales to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.ORG), whose mission is to “defend digital rights online.”

Did Missy or the site get Richard Prince’s permission to do this? Missy states: “We have the same permission from him that he had from us. ;)”

Did Missy or the site get Richard Prince's permission to do this? Missy states: "We have the same permission from him that he had from us. ;)"

We applaud SuicideGirls’ successful efforts in defending themselves and their work! Check out Missy’s post and pick up artwork that supports its content creators (and charity!) today!

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