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Shepard Fairey Goes to Huffington Post to Plead His Case Against the AP

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Another follow-up story we promise to be brief about. As his ongoing battle with the Associated Press continues, Shepard Fairey, as a man of the people, has decided to go to the most “of the people”-esque outlet, The Huffington Post, to file this lengthy essay, pleading his case. Along the way, he described his process, his problems with the AP’s complaints over his Obama poster, and describes his battle as a fight “to protect the rights of all artists.” There’s not a lot new here, nor does he make a particularly strong case for himself at points (the part about his not wanting to feel forced to collaborate with photographers when he’s using their work feels like fairly murky logic), it’s very interesting to hear the whole thing straight from the source. And we particularly enjoyed his calling out all of the other pieces of art floating around out there that were clearly referenced from photographs, but haven’t caught the ire of anyone in particular like his Obama print has.

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