Shepherd Fairey vs. Associated Press

In 2009 Shepherd Fairey was sued by Association Press for copyright infringement over the image used in Barack Obamas campaign in which the president is looking upwards in a red, white and blue tone with the caption HOPE. Shepherd Fairey who is a street artist based in Los Angeles designed this image based on an Association Press photograph taken in April 2006 by Mannie Garcia on assignment for the AP at the National Press Club in Washington. Associated Press claimed it owned the copyright and demands compensation from Fairy who has been selling multiple copies of posters and stickers fro thousands of dollars.

In this instance Fairty wanted to argue for fair use; however, as we know fair use is a legal concept that allows exceptions to copyright laws based on how much of the original is used.  In January, 2011, a judge dismissed copyright lawsuits between the artist who created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image and The Associated Press.

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