The Boston Globe’s Out of Line graphic arts blog looks at the controversy over the Associated Press’s claim to compensation for the now-iconic poster:
Shepard Fairey has made a habit of using other people’s artwork without attribution. (see earlier blog post here) The practice has now attracted attention beyond the artistic community. The Associated Press wants credit and compensation for the Manny Garcia photograph that Fairey copied for his Obama HOPE poster. Fairey doesn’t dispute that he used the photo, but his lawyer is claiming that “fair use” law protects Fairey from the need to pay or credit AP and its photographer.
Out of Line offers several updates worth reading on various legal responses. The Art Law Blog also collects some learned opinions on the matter.
Fair Use vs. Fairey’s Use (Out of Line/Boston Globe)