AP Wants Cred for 'Hope' Photo

Company demands credit and compensation for unauthorized alteration of AP photo
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2009 3:06 AM CST
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses for a picture with his Barack Obama 'Hope' artwork.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – The Associated Press hold the copyright on the photograph used to create the iconic "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama and is demanding compensation and credit, reports Wired. Artist Shepard Fairey, who has rocketed to fame because of his multi-colored poster, is defending his unauthorized modification of the photo taken in 2006 by AP photographer Manny Garcia. Fairey found the image in a Google search and says its fair use is protected by law.
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