The dispute over the ownership of Vivian Maier’s work took a giant step forward when John Maloof (who owns 90% of her negatives) accepted a deal with Cook County. The deal ostensibly gives Maloof the right to continue producing and marketing Maier’s work but the details have been sealed to protect future negotiations with other parties. Is the final word in the Vivian Maier story? Hit the jump for all the details!
Vivian Maier Negatives
A tentative settlement has been reached in the long running Vivian Maier copyright dispute. The details of the deal have been sealed for unknown reasons but a motion to approve the settlement will be presented before the Cook County Probate Court on May 10, 2016. What does this mean for the future of the reclusive nanny’s street photography? Hit the jump for more details!
Vivian Maier’s brilliant street photography rocketed her to fame only after her death when a cache of her negatives were found in a storage locker in Chicago. But an ongoing copyright claim has kept her work in limbo while the courts decide who owns what. According to U.S. law, the copyright to Vivian’s work would default to her closest living heir which Cook County believes to be her brother, Charles Maier. A man who seemed to be lost to history until a retired businesswoman unearthed important information about his life, death and ultimately the future of the Vivian Maier estate. Hit the jump for more info.