Did Amazon Treat Artist Like A Crumb?

    December 30, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The reclusive R. Crumb has had his representatives file a lawsuit against Amazon.com for copyright infringement of his “Keep on Truckin'” image.

An iconic image created by Crumb had been in place on Amazon’s website, where it appeared next to instructions to “keep on looking” at the site, the LA Times reported. Crumb’s reps asked Amazon to take the image down in 2003, which they did.

But nothing is ever so straightforward when legal issues are involved. The lawsuit, filed in Amazon’s home base of Seattle, seeks unspecified damages. The online retailer could not come to an accord with Crumb over what should be paid for the usage of the image.

Crumb has created several images that have endured since the 60s. But the artist, based in France, probably won’t attend the trial, as he is working on an illustrated version of the Book of Genesis.

Amazon has not commented on the pending litigation. As for Crumb, his lawyer Jules Zalon said in the Times: “I doubt he spends much time on Amazon.”

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.