Miro Row

Google finds itself in another intellectual propery “row” (as our friends across “the Pond” say).

The San Jose Mercury News reported yesterday “the family of Joan Miro was upset to discover elements of several works by the Spanish surrealist incorporated into Google’s logo. Google has since taken the logo off its site.” According to the Miro family representative and Authors Guild president Nick Taylor, Google’s tribute was a ” ‘a plain and brazen’ violation of copyright law.” Either Mr. Taylor brazenly discounts “fair use” (unlikely) or he might be a former intellectual property litigator who plainly misses hearing himself at oral argument (very likely). I guess Google had to pick and chose its battles, and Miro’s toddler art was not worth it.