old news to some, the shepard fairey lawsuit is still on my mind. the short of it is that the AP is suing fairey for allegedly using one of their photographs to capture the likeness of obama. fairey is preemptively suing them in return with fair-use exceptions to copyright law as his defense offense. fairey is burning the candle on both ends by purportedly suing austin artist baxter orr for supposed copyright infringement of his iconic obey andre the giant sticker imagery.
i’m very interested in these topics of ownership + coypright as they relate to art. very little is documented on these matters as they tend to be settled out of court. tonight fairey discusses intellectual property issues with lawrence lessig + steven johnson at the nypl. i’m really looking forward to the discussion + will update with anything blogworthy.