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Artist Shepard Fairey has acknowledged that his poster of President Obama, right, is based on this April 27, 2006, photo taken by Associated Press photographer Mannie Garcia (at left).
  • The Associated Press is mad at artist Shepard Fairey, claiming he used one of its photos for his iconic Obama "Hope" poster, which became the dominant image of the presidential campaign and now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Fairey admits he took the image from a 2006 shot taken by Mannie Garcia for AP, which is asking for credit and compensation. Fairey's lawyer countered that the artist is protect by "fair use" -- a legal term that allows for artists to incorporate copyrighted material in their work. The two sides are "in discussions," reports AP.
  • Aretha Franklin has recorded a "preferred version" of her performance of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at the swearing-in ceremony last month. Yesterday, the Queen of Soul said that she wasn't able to give her "very best" because of the low temperature and that she wants fans to hear the do-over instead. The single will be for sale any minute.

By The Reliable Source  |  February 6, 2009; 10:38 AM ET
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Hmmm. The AP photo in the dead-tree edition was cropped and rotated so it would look exactly like Fairey's artwork. That's hardly kosher.

At least you put the untweaked version up here.

BTW, of course what he did falls under the fair-use provision (might be a different story if he'd merely photoshopped it). The source is obvious, but Fairey's work is purely original art, as witnessed by its remarkable popularity.

Posted by: laboo | February 6, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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