MEAN CORPORATES  5:16 pm May 28, 2010

by Jim Newell

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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ennui go May 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm


SayItWithWookies May 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm

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 May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

so much for fair use, huh?

Extemporanus May 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm


Lascauxcaveman May 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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 May 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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

Surfeit O'Hubris May 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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 May 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Hey, Jim, is today your last day?

Are you and Ken trading goodbye Blingees?

KnaveOfDiamonds May 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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

Jessimuhka May 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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 May 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

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

Mr Blifil May 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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

Mr Blifil May 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

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

Beanball May 28, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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 May 29, 2010 at 12:12 am

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

Aurelio May 29, 2010 at 12:42 am

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 May 29, 2010 at 2:25 am

I vote for the little guy.

CivicHoliday May 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

[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 May 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

[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.

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