Obey Giant beats back: Shepard Fairey verklagt AP

Shepard Fairey wurde letzte Woche von Associated Press wegen seines Obama-Visuals verklagt, weil er als Vorlage das Foto eines ihrer Fotografen benutzte. Ich sagte damals schon: „Bullshit“, denn seine Illustration erreicht ganz sicher unsere Schöpfungshöhe, die in den USA in der Fair Use-Klausel enthalten ist. Obey Giant sieht das genauso und verklagt nun die AP, bei uns heisst das wohl Negative Feststellungsklage. Go get 'em!

“There should be no doubt about the legality of Fairey's work,” said Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, who is leading Fairey’s legal team. “He used the photograph for a purpose entirely different than the original, and transformed it dramatically. The original photograph is a literal depiction of Obama, whereas Fairey's poster creates powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message that has no analogue in the original photograph. Nor has Fairey done any harm to the value of the original photograph. Quite the opposite; Fairey has made the photograph immeasurably more valuable.”

Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project and Durie Tangri File Lawsuit against The Associated Press on behalf of Obama Hope Artist Shepard Fairey (via Supertouchart)