Fight over “HOPE” ends

The street artist Shepard Fairey and The Associated Press have ended their long-running legal battle over whether Mr. Fairey violated copyright protections in using one of the news cooperative’s photographs as the basis for the well-known “Hope” campaign poster of Barack Obama. (Arts Beat, New York Times)

Fairey and AP have also agreed to “collaborate on a series of images that Fairey will create based on A.P. photographs.” It’s been argued that Fairey, and distributors that sold this image, altered the original photo so much that AP couldn’t receive compensation. You can find the full AP story here.

Now that this image has become so memorable and commercialized (in the vain of my first post), did AP have any claim against the artist? Either way, I would argue that this “HOPE” image will be a defining piece of art for this time.

Fun tidbit: You can become your own piece of Obama art on ObamaIconMe.


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