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The original Shepard Fairey 'HOPE' posterDOES ANYONE DETECT A TOUCH OF GLOATING IN THIS ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE? “NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has urged that a copyright dispute between an artist and The Associated Press over the Barack Obama ‘HOPE’ image be settled quickly. Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein said Friday at a hearing in New York that he has a feeling that ‘whether it’s sooner or later, The Associated Press is going to win’ the case. SUCK IT, BITCH.” No just kidding, the AP article did not say “SUCK IT, BITCH.” But they totally thought it and wanted to say it. [AP]

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  • SayItWithWookies

    I thought they were quite restrained. You’ll notice that they didn’t title the article “AP Victorious in Suit against Plagiarizing Asshole.”

  • Crank Tango

    so much for fair use, huh?

  • Extemporanus


  • Lascauxcaveman

    I think it’s pretty mean of the AP to be suing a guy who’s had to go through life with a name like “Shepard Fairey” or whatever it is.

    Hasn’t he suffered enough?

  • Extemporanus

    [re=587723]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: His adopted Vietnamese sister, Banana-Phana Pho, had it even worse.

  • Surfeit O’Hubris

    The AP’s never missed a chance to take a cheap shot at the Prez, and it must chafe their balls something terrible that their photo helped get him elected.

  • Delicious

    Hey, Jim, is today your last day?

    Are you and Ken trading goodbye Blingees?

  • KnaveOfDiamonds

    So when is Campbell’s Soup going to take down Andy Warhol?

  • Jessimuhka

    I still think the fact that it took them over a year to realize it was even their photo pretty much means it meets the definition of “transformative” but whatevs.

  • sati demise

    If the photographer wanted a painting he should have painted one himself!

  • Mr Blifil

    Boy nice job there judge dispensing justice with complete impartiality like you do.

  • Mr Blifil

    Also, did you think AP was going to allow themselves to lose to a Fairey?

  • Beanball

    Shepherd Fairey likes to portray himself as a “street artist,” tagging walls and dodging the Man, but the fact is that he makes a very big pile of Ameros from his enterprises. At this point, he actually runs a small empire of art publishing, t-shirts, posters, etc etc.

    He’s very controversial (both loved and despised) in the art world. Some side with his defense of “fair use” while others point out that he has been ripping off other artists without attribution for years and this judgment will be his comeuppance.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=587731]Delicious[/re]: No. Kisses and intimate touchings.

  • Aurelio

    I think it’s nice of the judge to give us a prediction of the outcome. I was going to put some money on the artist because I was offered good odds. Not anymore.

  • gurukalehuru

    I vote for the little guy.

  • CivicHoliday

    [re=587733]KnaveOfDiamonds[/re]: Win!

    [re=587829]Beanball[/re]: Honestly, I am tired of this argument. Art and music should both be forms of free expression, open to copies, re-mixing and other forms of re-interpretation. I see Shepard’s use of the photo as a form of flattery more than a rip-off. IMHO.

  • Beanball

    [re=587869]CivicHoliday[/re]: I feel you, dude, but the fact of the matter is that the judge’s opinion is the only one that counts in this particular case. The net result will be that Fairey is adjudged a plagiarist. And it won’t be the first time. Oops.