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Who's Right? AP and Hope Artist in Copyright Fight

Who's Right? AP and Hope Artist in Copyright Fight

Barack Obama's image has inspired street art around the country, but the most famous vandal can't even get credit for his creation.

Shepard Fairey, the street artist behind the "Hope" poster, became the target of an AP lawsuit last week. The news agency says it owns the rights to the hopeful poster because its photographer took the original photo of Barack Obama, and it wants credit and compensation from Fairey.

With hope on his side, Fairey filed his own suit yesterday, asking the court to rule that he did not violate copyright law by using the AP photo.

Fairey argues that he transformed the literal depiction into a "stunning, abstracted and idealized visual image that creates powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message."

Whose side are you on?


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