Street Artist Sued for Famous Obama Poster

A poster of President Barack Obama, right, by artist Shepard Fairey is shown for comparison with this April 27, 2006 file photo of then-Sen. Barack Obama by Associated Press photographer Mannie Garcia at the National Press Club in Washington. Fairey has acknowledged, the poster is based on the AP photograph. (AP Photo/Mannie Garcia/Shepard Fairey) (Mannie Garcia - AP)
A poster of President Barack Obama, right, by artist Shepard Fairey is shown for comparison with this April 27, 2006 file photo of then-Sen. Barack Obama by Associated Press photographer Mannie Garcia at the National Press Club in Washington. Fairey has acknowledged, the poster is based on the AP photograph. (AP Photo/Mannie Garcia/Shepard Fairey) (Mannie Garcia - AP)

L.A. artist Shepard Fairey, whose red, white and blue poster of Barack Obama quickly soared as one of the the most famous of the campaign is being sued by the Associated Press for copyright infringement.  The artist acknowledges that the poster is based on an AP photograph of Obama, but argues there is no copyright violation.

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One thought on “Street Artist Sued for Famous Obama Poster

  1. The HOPE is…..where is the artistic freedom????

    Dr. Kopp says: Ask 100 people….is this an artistic picture of
    Obama or is it a copy of a photograph of an AP photo?

    If more than 70% say its an artistic picture of Obama
    and that it is NOT a picture of an AP photo….then
    “confusion of origin” in the marketplace is non-defensable and our “street artist” can prevail.

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