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McDonald’s Uses Art Without Permission

McDonald’s recently used art and mural from various different artists in ad advertising their new “New York Bagel Supreme”. The company is now in a bit of hot water due to the fact that they did not get permission to use those murals. Well. McDonald’s did get someone’s permission: the owner of the building. They are getting sued for profiting off of someone else’s art without permission. The ad has since been removed from the web. This isn’t the first instance of a big corporation getting sued for using the design of another artist without permission. The murals are outside in public, but should that give giant corporations the right to use them to make money without giving the creators a cent? If the artist was paid to paint a mural by the building owner and then McDonald’s paid the owner to use the mural, should the artist get paid?

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