Copyright infringement is always a weighty issue when it comes to art, and the art created during the recent presidential campaign is no exception. The Associated Press is claiming it owns the rights to the photo that artist Shepard Fairey used to create his ubiquitous image of President Barack Obama (Obama Hope
) throughout the presidential campaign—and seeks credit and compensation for Fairey’s use of it without permission. Fairey maintains that he did nothing illegal in using someone’s image—a photographer who snapped the image while on assignment for the AP—to create his work.
What do you think: fair use or copyright infringement?
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Update (Feb. 9, 2009): Fairey was in the news again Friday night. The artist was arrested for tagging property in Boston with his street art. Click here for details.