Ralph Lauren Invokes Copyright On Retouched Parody Image

October 8, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – Ralph Lauren has threatened to sue (and been mocked for threatening to sue) two websites for hosting an image where a Ralph Lauren model was made to look as though her waist was smaller than her head.

The image was created by the site Photoshop Disasters and was reposted by Boing Boing. It was made from a photo of model Filippa Hamilton, and photoshopped to make her look significantly thinner.

Ralph Lauren responded by saying it broke copyright laws, and threatening a lawsuit. Photoshop Disasters issued this following, witty, response:

“Copyright law doesn’t give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:

a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;

b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and

c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.”

The photo may have taken the photoshopping to an extreme, but it is a good representation of a common problem in modern society. The act of airbrushing that left many young girls the target of false advertising, and has left many with conflicting information about what is normal.

“I don’t see any point in retouching anymore,” Jezebel.com editor Anna Holmes was quoted in an intervbiew with Yahoo!

“The cat’s out of the bag. I think Americans in particular are sick of having the wool pulled over their eyes … even if it’s regarding fashion models and actresses. The more they do this sort of retouching — and then try to justify it,  as the editor of SELF magazine recently did — the less anyone believes anything else they have to say, or show. They are, in a sense, digging their own (shallow) graves.”



One Response to “Ralph Lauren Invokes Copyright On Retouched Parody Image”

  1. GeekGirl on October 8th, 2009 5:42 pm

    “The image was created by the site Boing Boing, and was reposted by Photoshop Disasters”

    Nope. you’ve got it mostly backwards. Let’s rewrite it so it’s correct:

    “The image was first posted on the site Photoshop Disasters, then picked up by the site Boing Boing,”

    And since Ralph Lauren is claiming copyright infringement, it would seem they are claiming ownership to the image.

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