Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordful Wednesday

The Associated Press is hassling Shepard Fairey over his use of an AP image. In the article he admits he used the image, but argues it falls under fair use.

AP image on left, Shepard Fairey poster on right (duh).

Here's the article.

The image was changed significantly and the use of the image didn't really affect the original. Of course I'm not a copyright attorney, so what the hell do I know? I do know that it would seem horrible for Shepard Fairey to have to pay the AP "compensation" when he didn't keep any of the money from the poster sales and he charges far less for his work than he could. When Fairey was interviewed on Fresh Air , I believe he said it all went to the campaign and OBEY.

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