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Shepard Fairey in Trouble?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

OBEY! You know you’ve heard of it, or maybe just seen the posters around your town. The mastermind behind Obey, Shepard Fairey, has been arrested.

You can pretty much guess the reason(s) why he would be getting arrested. Two warrants were issued to him for his “Andre the Giant” influenced posters pasted on two separate buildings. He is also getting commotion from the Associated Press for his supposed “copyrighted image”. His Obama HOPE posters are seen everywhere and the stickers have sold in the hundred thousand or more mark. Personally, I think they’ve probably sold somewhere in the millions as you see them EVERYWHERE.

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The associated press is claiming he stole their image for use in his entire Hope campaign. Yes the images look similar but it truly seems as if the AP is in some sort of desperate situation with no particular motive other than to make some money off him. First off, Shepard isn’t hurting anyone. And this exactly the kind of work that is supposed to protected. It’s art. If anything that poster did give us a sense of what he meant to portray with it. HOPE! On top of this, Obama ended up winning the entire election which only adds to an even more fairy tail ending to the election. Regardless of whether Shepard is making some extra cash for making the posters, which he says he didn’t, he actually helped in his own way to solidify Obama’s win. It’s like he did his own part, you know?

To do what Shepard did and on the level that he did it on– Wow! Shepard Fairey is one clever man. Props beyond props to the guy for starting from were he was to ending up on your MSN and Yahoo’s Headline News. Seriously, think about it, all this attention he’s getting is only making his art and name even more well-known. If you didn’t know about him before, you sure do now!

Update: It appears that Shepard Fairy is suing the AP now. Woot!

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