If you create any sort of content especially if it’s something you can digitize, you probaby want to pay attention to this case of Associated Press stringer Mannie Garcia vs. Shepard Fairey.
Artist Shepard Fairey who colorized a picture which photographer Manny took of President Obama has sued Associated Press. Exactly why I’m not sure. It’s baffling for sure.
It’s becoming a lot easier if you’re the lazy sort. You can almost pass off any work as your own if you modify an image.
Exactly how much do you need to modify so that you have created something original? That part remains unclear.
I was invited to be in a Facebook group called PACT, Photographers Against Creative Theft, recently.
The group’s belief?
The case of the AP and photographer Mannie Garcia versus Shepard Fairey, an artist who appropriated an AP photo for the basis of a popular Obama art piece, is the latest high profile example of a common Internet phenomenon: creative theft. It’s not that we don’t like Mr. Fairey (we do), but it’s time to give credit where credit is due.
It’s a worthwhile group to belong to for sure. Too many scumbags out there. You have to watch out for each other and other like-minded artists.
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