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AP, Shepard Fairey Settle Obama Poster Case

The Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey have reached a settlement on the “Obama poster” incident. In case you never read anything, the AP said that Fairey infringed on their rights by using an AP picture as the basis for Fairey’s now iconic rendering of Obama. Fairey believed that his use of the image was correct under copyright laws.

Under the settlement, Fairey agreed to never use another AP image in his art without obtaining a proper license, and the AP will now work with Fairey in producing more of the posters. Fairey will also be given the rights to several AP pictures that he will use to create new images. There was also money involved, but that wasn’t disclosed.

Fairey sounds happy to have the case resolved:

I respect the work of photographers, as well as recognize the need to preserve opportunities for other artists to make fair use of photographic images.  I often collaborate with photographers in my work, and I look forward to working with photos provided by the AP’s talented photographers.

So did anyone win here? It sure does seem like Fairey got the better of the deal, especially since he’s going to get more images from the AP. But then the AP also benefits from that, so maybe it’s a win for both sides. Let’s just hope no one Obama-izes themselves anymore, because really, that stopped being funny two days after it started.

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!

Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ Up for an IDA Documentary Award

“Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the documentary film by Banksy that prominently features LA artists Shepard Fairey and “Mr. Brainwash,” (along with a brief cameo from LA Weekly’s Shelly Leopold) is up for an International Documentary Association award for “Distinguished Feature Documentary.” Laura Poitras‘ brilliant film “The Oath” is also nominated. Winners will be announced December 3rd at the Directors Guild Theater in LA.

Full list of nominees, via indieWire, after the jump.

Previously on FBLA: Exclusive: ‘The Oath’ Documentarian Laura Poitras Has Had Her Reporters Notebooks Photocopied by Customs Agents

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UGCX Coverage|AP Amends Fairey Countersuit|Conde Launches New iPhone App|HuffPost CEO Hippeau

WebNewser, PRNewser: Some coverage of mediabistro.com’s user-generated focused conference UGCX today: Peter Shankman, the founder of Help A Reporter Out, spoke about how he plans to expand his company and I Can Haz Cheezburger’s CEO Ben Huh revealed his company’s mission statement: “Make people happy for five minutes a day.”

Associated Press: The Associated Press amended its countersuit against Shepard Fairey after the artist admitted he had lied about which AP photo he used for his iconic Barack Obama HOPE posters.

AdAge: Condé Nast has released a new iPhone app platform for reading its magazines, starting with GQ.

PaidContent: An interview with Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau.

Brauchli Discusses Salon Flap|Shepard Fairey|Self Layoffs|Hearst Tells Amazon It Will Work To Shorten Delivery Times|Nikki Finke’s Powerful Women List

FishbowlDC: The Washington Post‘s Marcus Brauchli addressed the Salon controversy in an online chat today.

FishbowlLA: Shepard Fairey, the artist of the iconic Barack Obama posters, has admitted he lied about which Associated Press photo he used for his work.

Gawker: Self laid off a couple staffers last week, including Stephanie Newhouse, a member of the family that built Conde Nast.

Audience Development: Amazon.com has asked magazine publishers to work towards shortening delivery times. Hearst is the first company to agree.

Elle: Blogger Nikki Finke has compiled a Most Powerful Women in Hollywood list for Elle.

New Shepard Fairey Posters Go On Sale Today

Shepard Fairey collaborated with Ernesto Yerena to create two new posters in support of immigration reform. 450 screenprint editions of the posters will go on sale at Cimarrones.org at noon today. The posters are $45 each, and all proceeds go to the May Day marches and immigration reform organizations.

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  • It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging- TVNewser

  • Steven Heller defends Shepard Fairey using history as his guide- UnBeige
  • Journalism Online Volunteers To Help Make People Pay- MediaJobsDaily
  • The Unlikely Disciple Has a Book Party- FishbowlNY
  • CNBC’s LA-based correspondent Jane Wells on the funny side of business reporting- WebNewser
  • Morning Media Menu: February 5

    mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we talk to Jossip.com founder and editorial director David Hauslaib who tells us that while there are plenty of gossip sites out there he doesn’t “see a lot of creative things going on, I see a lot of copycatting.”

    Also up for discussion: Why the AP’s potential lawsuit over artist Shepard Fairey‘s Obama HOPE image may be a lose-lose situation for the company. And why celebrity weight-loss (and gain) is a potential win-win for magazines.

    You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

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