The Artsy Podcast, Live Edition: When Fashion Rips Off Artists

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Last Friday, we spent the morning at the Wythe Hotel for work x work ON AIR—a three-day pop-up radio lounge that explored creativity and storytelling. Our special, extra-long live podcast begins with a look at the landscape facing emerging artists today. We discuss why the road to success is more difficult now than in years past, and whether a more challenging environment for artists is actually a good thing for art as a whole.

Then, we bring on a panel of special guests to explore how some of these very same young artists have charged major brands with stealing their work. From Zara to Topman, fast fashion companies have made headlines for allegedly ripping off independent designers—we break down the ways artists can protect themselves, and what it all means for that graphic tee you might soon wish you didn’t buy.

How Artists Are Fighting Back against the Fashion Industry’s Plagiarism Problem

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes, Senior Editor Tess Thackara, Specialist and Artsy Projects Curator Elena Soboleva, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Mark Peroff, artist and designer Adam J. Kurtz, and Senior Counsel at Artsy Yayoi Shionoiri.


Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Via shoparttheft.com.