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Fairey Odd Copyright Laws

My Digital Media teacher brought this article about Shepard Fairey’s Obama posters, and the AP believing they deserve a cut to my attention.  It simply begs us to contemplate the blurry copyright laws. Who has the ultimate say over legal cases like this?  Ideally, who should? I am inclined to say that as long as a reference or used image is admitted to not be the artist’s original work, they should be in the clear.

Personally, I agree with Melber.  Fairey’s art work is sufficiently altered from the reference photo the AP believes it has rights to and does not infringe on copyright law.  This link contains the reference picture and art work in question.

Shepard Fairey’s works are often very politically charged, and can be viewed at his personal website. He says, “I am fighting the AP to protect the rights of all artists, especially those with a desire to make art with social commentary. This is about artistic freedom and basic rights of free expression, which need to be available to all, whether they have money and lawyers or not.”

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Also posted at Campaign for Liberty.