Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you have seen the Shepard Fairey Obama “Hope” artwork. It was used on buttons, stickers, posters, tee-shirts and even projected on Hollywood & Highland’s infamous Babylonian Arch (in Los Angeles) during the inauguration. AP (Associated Press) are claiming they own the copyright to the photograph and not only want credit they want compensation.
The Associated Press says:
“The Associated Press has determined that the photograph used in the poster is an AP photo and that its use required permission,”
“AP safeguards its assets and looks at these events on a case-by-case basis. We have reached out to Mr. Fairey’s attorney and are in discussions. We hope for an amicable solution.”
Shepards attorney says:
” We believe fair use protects Shepard’s right to do what he did here.”
The image will be included this month at a Fairey exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and a mixed-media stenciled collage version has been added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
Also, After Obama won the Presidential election he wrote a letter to Shepard saying:
“Dear Shepard,” the letter reads. “I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign. The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can help change the status quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign.”
Shepard recently did a TV interview with Charlie Rose (I will post this video after the jump). In the interview he breaks down his art and talks about some of his ideals behind his thinking.
Whether you love him or hate him, Shepard’s “Hope” poster was the beacon for the youth’s relate-ability to our new President. And if this extra push or nudge came in a pop culture direction such as Shepard Fairy… I’m ok with that.
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