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01.24.14 Andy Cush

This week, George Zimmerman unleashed his latest painting — an ugly, heavy-handed rendering of Angela Corey, the special prosecutor on his trial. Much like his last “work,” which appropriated a stock photo of an American flag, this one liberally lifts from a preexisting image as well: an Associated Press photo of Corey taken by Rick […]

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02.24.12 Marina Galperina

Last year, the Associated Press and Shepard Fairey settled their copyright infringement and Hope merch-related lawsuits. There was a settlement and a promised “collaboration” between Fairey and the AP that sounded like indentured servitude, but there was still the matter of Fairey’s lying about destroying documents and manufacturing evidence. The street artist entered a guilty plea for one count […]

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04.13.11 Bucky Turco

Earlier today, pranky activist group the Yes Men, posing as General Electric, issued a press release announcing that the company would be “gifting its entire 2010 tax refund, worth $3.2 Billion, to the US Treasury on April 18, Tax Day.” Amazingly, the Associated Press ran with the bogus story. And the timing could have been […]

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03.17.11 Marina Galperina

The AP and Fairey’s Obey Clothing settled their copyright infringement lawsuit and related fracas, before the scheduled March 21 hearing. The resolution is similar to the one earlier this year when Shep agreed to collaborate with the AP and never use their photos without permission again, tsk tsk. The AP also gets a confidential settlement […]

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01.12.11 Marina Galperina

US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has dismissed the cases between Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press. And so, the whole copyright infringement vs. fair use vs. fake evidence ballyhooed mess has been resolved with a “confidential” financial settlement. The AP and Fairey will also “collaborate on a series of images,” according to the AP’s press […]

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08.20.10 Bucky Turco

The Associated Press issued a memo on Thursday about a certain location in lower Manhattan where Muslims will gather and wants journalists to basically avoid lying like other media outlets, even in the “slugs.” […]

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01.27.10 Bucky Turco

As you may have heard, Shepard Fairey, stole a photo owned by the AP and transformed it into the iconic “HOPE” image that became a dominating symbol for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and permeated pop culture, even making its way into the Smithsonian. But then the AP sued him and he lied, twice. […]

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10.17.09 Bucky Turco

In a searing blow to counter culture and the integrity of his career, graphic design stealing artist Shepard Fairey admitted he lied about the source of his presidential HOPE portrait in his ongoing legal dispute with the Associated Press. In a statement released Friday on his website, he discussed the blatant thievery and apologized, kinda: […]

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08.05.09 Will Sherman

The Associated Press issued a statement denying claims they were planning to charge bloggers $2.50 a word to quote their content in a response to recent criticisms of their automated licensing forms, part of plans to stop the “misappropriation of news on the internet.” Spokesperson Paul Colford explained that the iCopyright form drawing so much […]

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07.15.09 Will Sherman

Just as his Boston vandalism charges are wrapped up with a guilty plea, Shepard Fairey’s other legal problems are getting more complex. Mannie Garcia, the freelance photographer who shot the Barack Obama photo on which Fairey based his iconic “Hope” portrait, is jumping in the fray between the appropriating artist and the Associated Press. Garcia […]

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