Street Artist Shepard Fairey Files Lawsuit Against AP


The AP image in question on the left and Mr. Fairey's famous poster on the right

By Emily Waldorf

Street-artist Shepard Fairey filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against The Associated Press, requesting that he be protected from copyright infringement in his use of a news photograph as the starting point for his famous poster of President Obama.  The photograph was taken by freelance photographer Mannie Garcia, who, to complicate matters even further, is arguing that the photograph belongs to him and not The Associated Press.  

According to Randy Kennedy’s article in The New York Times, Mr. Fairey’s lawyers are arguing that “Mr. Fairey used the photograph only as a reference and transformed it into a ‘stunning, abstracted and idealized visual image that created powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message’ from that of the shot Mr. Garcia took.


The artist in front of his famous poster that defined the 2008 election

The artist in front of his famous poster that defined the 2008 election

Mr. Fairey is a well-known guerilla style street artist, who was arrested last week in Boston for illegally pasting his artwork.  He was ironically en route to the opening of his first solo exhibition, “Supply and Demand,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.  He has pleaded not guilty.  Last month, Mr. Fairey’s Obama “Hope” poster was donated to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

More Coverage:

Bloomberg:  AP Sued by Shepard Fairey Over Obama Image Copyright

Los Angeles Times:  Obama ‘Hope’ Poster Artist Arrested

NPR:  Spreading the Hope  Street Artist Shepard Fairey

3 Responses to “Street Artist Shepard Fairey Files Lawsuit Against AP”

  1. 1 greenidesign

    Haha good post….

    you might be interested in this article about another infamous street artist.

    keep up the good work.

  2. Dude.I do like this show. For sure.But I thought the first seaosn sort of fell apart a bit once we knew who the ice truck killer was. I thought the finale got a little bit out of control.BUT i totally love the Dexter character. Looking forward to see what they do with the new seaosn.Tim

  3. Thinking like that is really aminazg

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