But is this a different matter when we're dealing with fine art from the get-go? What about a photograph that serves as source material for a now-iconic print-- here, I am referring to the Che Guevara print created by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1968. While Fitzpatrick distributed that image, for free, to revolutionaries, it has become fodder for capitalism. On our campus, alone, I have seen numerous depictions in posters, t-shirts, and stickers. The image has become the symbol of revolution, rebellion, and revolt -- internationally and among more than the 20-something crowds.
Now, after allowing the image he created to be reproduced free of charge, Fitzpatrick said he intends to secure copyright and, then, transfer the rights of ownership to Guevara's family. He hopes that copyright monies will be put to good use, such as building a hospital in Cuba.