There's an interview with Richard Prince at Russh. Here's an excerpt that covers the subject of work that was the subject of the lawsuit:
Copyright has never interested me. For most of my life I owned half a stereo so there was no point in suing me, but that’s changed now and it’s interesting. I’m actually in the situation where I am being sued at the moment (by a French photographer I might add) for taking his original images and turning them into paintings. It’s something that’s really problematic for me because in a strange way now I find myself censoring things that I look at and it’s almost like I can’t do it anymore, because people know who you are. So sometimes it’s better not to be successful and well known and you can get away with much more. I knew what I was stealing 30 years ago but it didn’t matter because no one cared, no one was paying any attention. It was an attitude to do with the fact that I didn’t think there was a future. Unfortunately that didn’t come true. I’ve now done these paintings based on Rastafarians. Basically I like the way things look; that’s all my decisions are about—if it looks good, it is good. So anyway, unfortunately I took too many of these Rastafarian (images) from this guy and I didn’t really even think to ask. I don’t think that way, it didn’t occur to me to ask him and even if I did and he said no, I still would have taken them. I figured I’d do them and maybe if he objected I’d deal with that later. I really like the Rasta paintings and that was the last body of work that I have done. I only pay attention to the negativity that people have [as] a way of explaining their feeling towards my work. I think they were described as 'garbage,' 'the worst' and 'vomit.' It’s funny because if this guy had let it alone, well it was a very unsuccessful body of work and it would have gone away....
You can read the whole comment (and the whole interview) at russhmagazine.com.
(Thanks to James B.)
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Featured Comment by Koert: "There is of course another reason why what Prince did is wrong and probably also one of the reasons Cariou sued him. The people Cariou went to photograph for his book Yes Rasta are 'true,' as in very strict, Rastafarians living high up in the mountains of Jamaica. They are shy and it took Cariou quite some time and effort earning their trust. If you read the book you can see that one of the things they worried about was why Cariou photographed them and what was going to happen with those photographs? These are people who have made the decision to live a life apart from western society and in all probability wouldn't like what Prince did with the images taken of them. Just a thought...."