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Schadenfreude: Associated Press Sharks Attack Shepard Fairey!

Speaking as someone who has been through this particular wringer before, I feel for the guy. Even if I don't buy into his particular form of "theft" art.

Details of the AP attack here—To make a long story short, "We own the photo that Fairey used, ergo Fairey owes us moolah."

May the best lawyers win! (Considering who Shepherd Fairey is, and how much money he's generated over the years, I'm sure he's got much more than a sporting chance.)

Previously: Red-on-red excitement, as Fairey is accused by art critics of "appropriating" (by which they mean: lifting) historical leftist art.

Update: Bob Owens points out that the case is not as clearly "fair use" as one would suspect.

Cue: D'ohbama picture?

Update: A defense of Shepherd Fairey, written by my good friend Peter Friedman.

Update: Allah weighs in.

 Tags: copyright AP #Photography


#1 captainfish 07-Feb-2009
You know Brian, your comment:

"Cue: D'ohbama picture?"

brings up a quesiton. Are you in violation of copyright for even using the image of Obamassiah? Does anyone who uses his image in violation?

Are reporters in violation for taking his picture? I mean, isn't he being artistic and using his poetic license by posing his body in positions to be artistic?

Aren't the leftstream media photogs earning money off of the use of his image? Are they not earning money off of anyone's image?
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