(AP Photo/Mannie Garcia/Shepard Fairey)
Remember the Obama painting by Shepard Fairey the Smithsonian bought? The Associated Press claimed ownership of the iconic image of the president, and Fairey pre-emptively sued the AP, asking a federal judge to say he’s protected from copyright infringement claims.
But this isn’t where the story starts. Fairey’s been accused of plagiarism in the past, notably by Mark Vallen in a scathing essay, and Milton Glazer has commented about it in Print Magazine.
What do you think? When does appropriation become plagiarism? When does a nod turn into a shove?