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Artist Sues The A.P. Over Obama Image

Publication Date: 
February 10, 2009
The New York Times
Randy Kennedy

Lecturer in Law Anthony Falzone, Executive Director of the Fair Use Project, is mentioned and Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Fair Use Project Julie A. Ahrens is quoted in a New York Times article about a lawsuit filed agains the Associated Press on behalf of Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey is asking a federal judge to declare that he is protected from copyright infringement claims in his use of a news photograph as the basis for a now ubiquitous campaign poster image of President Obama. The New York Times writes:

Mr. Fairey’s lawyers, including Anthony T. Falzone, the executive director of the Fair Use Project and a law lecturer at Stanford University, contend in the suit that Mr. Fairey used the photograph only as a reference and transformed it into a “stunning, abstracted and idealized visual image that created powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message” from that of the shot Mr. Garcia took.


“Fairey did not do anything wrong,” said Julie A. Ahrens, associate director of the Fair Use Project and another of Mr. Fairey’s lawyers, in a statement on Monday. “He should not have to put up with misguided threats from The A.P.”