Saw this on Huffington Post, then Juxtapoz and now it’s spreading all over. Associated Press has accused Shepard Fairey of copyright infringement for using a photo taken by AP photographer Mannie Garcia. So they now want compensation.
Shepard has not hid the fact that he used the photograph for the poster of Obama, but what I find silly is that AP has waited so long for this accusation. The poster has made it’s way around the world, has different versions, spin-offs, shirts, stickers and the original is in the Smithsonian. And now they come around? I don’t agree with going after him anyway, artists have been using appropriated images for years. Degas, Van Gogh and others worked from photographs that I am sure they did not take. So why wait so long? Make sure they is enough money to go for? Who knows, but I am interested to see how this works out. So many artists use images to make works from so this could be devastating and a new way for people to make money by suing others. Great.