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AP and Shepard Fairey Announce Settlement, Collaboration

Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press have reached a settlement over their legal battle over copyright infringement. As you may recall, Fairey was in hot water for using a copyrighted AP photo as the basis for his famous Barack Obama posters. From the release:

In settling the lawsuit, the AP and Mr. Fairey have agreed that neither side surrenders its view of the law. Mr. Fairey has agreed that he will not use another AP photo in his work without obtaining a license from the AP. The two sides have also agreed to work together going forward with the Hope image and share the rights to make the posters and merchandise bearing the Hope image and to collaborate on a series of images that Fairey will create based on AP photographs.

The $$$ part of the settlement is confidential, so we don’t know how much this is costing Fairey. But we’re looking forward to seeing the new work he creates with the AP!

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