Mirage Editions, Inc. v. Albuquerque A.R.T. Company

856 F.2d 1341 (9th Cir. 1988), cert. denied, 489 U.S. 1018 (1989)

The cover of the book at issue in the case, NAGEL: The Art of Patrick Nagel.

Patrick Nagel was an artist well known for his clean, Art Deco-style illustrations of women. In the early 1980's his popularity was established by his work for Playboy and for designing the cover artwork for Duran Duran's popular Rio album. Unfortunately, Nagel died suddenly from a heart attack, aged thirty-eight, in 1984.