Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shepard Fairey -

Yes, he’s a plagiarist and unfortunately for more honest (and less wealthy) artists, his unapologetic theft of an image is going to really muddy the waters of fair use for some time. He's copied more than that AP photo; he's stolen work from revolutionary Chinese and Cuban artists as well as many 60's poster artists with nary a word of acknowledgment much less sharing of the wealth.
The New York Times: "Lawyers for the visual artist who created the famous 'Hope' poster of Barack Obama have acknowledged that he lied about which photograph he based the poster on and that he fabricated evidence in an effort to bolster his lawsuit against The Associated Press, according to a statement released by The A.P. on Friday night" (emphasis added).
Discussion at the Art Law Blog :

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