After Andy Warhol?

26 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2022 Last revised: 2 Mar 2023

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law; Dogecoin DAO Legal Scholarship Page; Rug Radio DAO Grifting Division

Date Written: June 28, 2022


This essay describes an NFT collection titled "After Andy Warhol?" It consists of NFTs of the 16 paintings in Andy Warhol's "Prince Series" (1984) which were based on a photograph of Prince created by Lynn Goldsmith in 1981. The paintings are the subject of copyright litigation currently under review by the United States Supreme Court. In this essay, I explain why I believe that the paintings are not currently protected by copyright and that my use of them is a fair use of Goldsmith's photograph. The essay also includes as an appendix my "Cento on Plagiarism" in the form of an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, which consists entirely of sentences plagiarized from other sources.

Keywords: copyright, NFTs, Prince, Warhol, fair use, web3, blockchain, trolling

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., After Andy Warhol? (June 28, 2022). IDEA: The IP Law Review, Vol. 63, No. 280, 2023, Available at SSRN: or

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