Obama Hope Poster, Copyright, and Fair Use

Mannie Garcia / Shepard Fairey (AP)

Mannie Garcia (Associated Press) / Shepard Fairey

The iconic “Hope” poster of Barack Obama is the center of legal battle over copyright and fair use.

Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the poster, admits he used an Associated Press photograph of Obama as inspiration, but argues his artistic transformation of the image is protected under the principle of “fair use.”

Mannie Garcia, the Associated Press photographer who took the photo of Barack Obama, says he owns the rights to the images. Fairey, Garcia, and the Associated Press are involved in a legal dispute.

Law professor Greg Lastowka explains the intellectual property issues of the case.

Listen to all three interviews which aired NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross on February 26, 2009.

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