co-chair MFA Design, School of Visual Arts/columnist, The New York Times Book Review
Shepard Fairey is being sued by the AP for misappropriation of a photograph, which he used in a poster promoting candidate Obama. The suit alleges that rights for the image, which was taken by an AP photographer, should have been cleared first and that the pose struck by Mr. Obama is distinct to this image. This raises the question of precisely when a photo of a public individual becomes public property that can be used by all versus "intellectual property" that is protected by a copyright.
What are the legal and ethical lines in the sand with regard to intellectual property and images? In your experience, what is appropriate appropriation?
writer and graphic designer
Angela gave the final word
There’s always been a very fine line between inspiration and plagiarism. If collage, sampling, and mashups that blend snippets and scraps from several different sources without fear of retribution are the way of the future, there is little motivation for artists, photographers and writers to create original content in the first place. The ability to recycle content will collapse if there is nothing left to scavenge.
Wednesday, September 1 at 10:25am