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Friday, February 6, 2009

Shepard Fairey copyright infringement

“The Associated Press has determined that the photograph used in the poster is an AP photo and that its use required permission,” the AP’s director of media relations, Paul Colford, said in a statement.

“We believe fair use protects Shepard’s right to do what he did here,” says Fairey’s attorney, Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University and a lecturer at the Stanford Law School.

What do you think?

  • AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image
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    Anonymous Danielle said...

    First, the poster by Fairey is an amazing piece of design. I am fascinated that he put aside his years of outsider art and political satire to make something positive and inspiring. I've been a fan of his ever since the Andre the Giant Has a Posse campaign, but the Obama Hope posters are a new plateau for him. (Though he still can't resist getting arrested while putting up the posters illegally!)
    Now, about the copyright issue, that's an interesting dilemma. It's important to protect the creative right of the photographer. Has Fairey transformed the original significantly enough to claim fair use? I want to say Yes, but I still hesitate slightly...


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