Artist Shepard Fairey Sues Over Obama Image


Posted February 10, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Artist Shepard Fairey has a bone to pick with The Associated Press. AP has threatened to sue Fairey over royalties earned by his iconic Barack Obama "Hope" image, but Fairey has fired the first legal shot.

Shepard Fairey's ubiquitous image is based on a photo owned by AP, but Fairey feels his artistic interpretation of the photo "creates powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message" than the original photograph. So Fairey has sued AP, asking a judge to find that his use of of the shot did not violate copyright law.

If you look to your right, you'll see my bold appropriation and re-imagining of the Obama Hope image. I call it "Hope, with an 1800s Guy Mustache I Made in MS Paint." As you can see, it creates a powerful new meaning and adds extra value to Fairey's image. Please give me a lot of money now. 


Artist Shepard Fairey Sues Over Obama Image


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