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Street Artist Posts Johannson Pics Around L.A.

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: XVALA is a Los Angeles artist whose stated goal is to "disappear from the Internet." His Fear Google sticker (first appearing in Silicon Valley and now appearing everywhere) is the first street art sticker designed for the Post-PC era. It launched in 2010 and according to his blog, "XVALA's street works, paintings, sculptures, drawings, and Internet ideas point to society's growing inability to disconnect from the Internet." The latest street exhibit from the artist incorporates the hacked phone pictures of a nude Scarlett Johannson, strategically censored with "Fear Google" stickers. E! News reports that even though Johansson's lawyers have threatened Xvala with a cease and desist letter, the artist is citing artistic freedom and has made clear he plans to keep working with the leaked images. "Her attorneys would have to balance the likelihood of success, which is not 100 percent, with the possibility of just giving this artist additional publicity," notes Peter Toren, a computer crimes expert and attorney with the firm Shulman Rogers. In fact, unless she could prove that the photos threatened her career or ability to make money, Johannson would have a hard time squeezing any damages out of the artist. A street art blog called Melrose and Fairfax nabbed an interview with XVALA for the Huffington Post. Discussing his artistic commentary on our modern culture he said, "There is a growing inability to disconnect from the Internet and social networking, and in the post-PC era, we all are bytes of data. We exist as information, and all our information exists to be used and reused... we, government and society, continue to live and die by the Internet." When asked if he feared legal action from Johannson, the artist replied: "I found them on the Internet just as anyone can do for themselves. I Googled it. How I chose to use the Google search results should be viewed as a disruptive innovation. It's Post-PC art." So what do you think? Does an artist have the right to use the leaked nude photos however he pleases? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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