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Fairey v. The Associated Press

Fairey v. The Associated Press, No. 09-cv-01123 (S.D.N.Y. filed Feb. 2, 2009).

In this now-settled dispute, artist Shepard Fairey sought a ruling that his use of a copyrighted photograph as a “visual reference” for his Obama Hope poster and related artwork was protected under the Fair Use Doctrine.  The Associated Press (the “A.P.”) and freelance photographer Mannie Garcia, both of whom separately claimed ownership of the photograph’s copyrights, counterclaimed against Fairey for

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