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AP and Fairey to Share “Hope”

Left: Photo by AP Right: Image by artist Shepard Fairey

The legal battles over the use of an Associated Press photo in artist Shepard Fairey‘s famous Obama “Hope” image has come to an end. Neither the AP nor Fairey surrendered their view of the law but the two sides have agreed to work together going forward and share the rights for posters and merchandise bearing the image.  In addition, the parties plan to collaborate on a series of images that Fairey will create based on AP photographs.

In a statement released today, AP President and CEO Tom Curley said, “AP will continue to celebrate the outstanding work of its award-winning photographers and use revenue from the licensing of those photos to support its mission as the essential provider of news and photography from around the world.  The AP will continue to vigilantly protect its copyrighted photographs against wholesale copying and commercialization where there is no legitimate basis for asserting fair use.”

Financial terms of the AP-Fairey settlement were not disclosed.  The AP’s lawsuit against Obey Clothing, the apparel line that marketed the image remains outstanding.

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Morning Reading List 03.27.09

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Its day 67 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Happy Birthday to Jill San Marco! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWPAPERS

Christian Science Monitor’s Editor’s Note: “As of today, we are shedding print on a daily basis. But the Monitor itself — the century-old journalistic enterprise chronicling the world’s challenges and progress — is becoming more daily than ever. And with our new weekly print edition, the Monitor is becoming more vital than ever.”

In light of yesterday’s VRIP announcements, WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth tells E&P she is concerned that this latest round of buyouts could further reduce the paper’s veteran talented staffers.

More on NYT’s cuts yesterday as well.

Many say Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)’s bill to save newspapers is an offer that newspapers must refuse.

TV

Bob Schieffer talks about his interview with President Obama for this Sunday’s Face the Nation on CBS’ political blog HotSheet. “The economic crisis continues to dominate the news, but there are so many other issues which are getting less attentionl. We’ll ask the president to weigh in on those issues he has not discussed as much in addition to the economy,” he says.

There was high drama at CNBC yesterday as Fast Money anchor Dylan Ratigan quit — today will be his last day on-air.

Is Rod Blagojevich getting a reality TV show?

ONLINE

By Politico’s Amie Parnes‘ count (via Playbook), at President Obama’s online town hall meeting: 92,918 people, 104,111 questions, 3,607,389 votes.

Google made 200 cuts yesterday. Webnewser has the memo.

Here’s an interesting stat for you- According to HitWise, the Lou Dobbs page on CNN.com was the most visited cable news network show online last week. Dobbs drew a 1.59% share, finishing 9th overall.

In many cases, celebrities and their handlers have turned to outside writers — ghost Twitterers, if you will.

MAGAZINES

Blender is no more. The music magazine followed so many other publications into the ether amidst a restructuring at parent company Alpha Media Group. It will continue to live online.

NEWS NOTES

HuffPost thinks the press corps was bored at Tuesday’s presser.

Shepard Fairey, the Obama HOPE poster artist, is talking again about his use of the AP photo.

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AP Countersues Obama Hope Poster Artist

Today the AP countersued artist Shepard Fairey over his famous image of President Barack Obama saying “the image’s uncredited, uncompensated use of an AP photo violated copyright laws and signaled a threat to journalism.”

The artwork is based on a photo taken for the AP by Mannie Garcia in April 2006. From AP: Fairey first sued the AP last month over his artwork, titled “Obama Hope” and “Obama Progress,” arguing that he didn’t violate copyright law because he dramatically changed the image. According to the AP lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, Fairey knowingly “misappropriated The AP’s rights in that image.” The suit, which also names several companies Fairey uses to market his work, asks the court to award AP profits made off the image and damages.