"tagged locations in the Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street area and the railroad trestle by the BU Bridge."
"arrested at least 14 times."
"I am privileged to be a part of your art work and proud to have your support."
Meanwhile, Fairey is being sued by the Associated Press for copyright infringement. The AP asserts Fairey used a 2006 photo made by AP photographer Manny Garcia without permission. Fairey has not denied using the Garcia photograph and the use of copyrighted material is not strictly illegal if the material is substantially changed from the original.
The AP, however, maintains the photo is AP property and required permission for use. Furthermore, Fairey continued to use the photo without crediting either the AP or Manny Garcia. Fairey sold the poster image for prices ranging from $100 to $500 for an autographed print contending the profits were used to print more posters. Ironically, Shepard Fairey's poster has been reproduced by others without his permission.
There is a question that's gone unrecognized. The photo at the top of this post was made by photographer Jonathon Alcom for The Washington Post. Can Alcom and WaPo be sued for copyright infringement after the fact for not seeking permission to use the illegally obtained image?
Shepard Fairey is in real trouble for the graffiti/property damage/vandalism charges in Massachusetts, although the arrest will actually help his street cred as a legitimate counterculture artist. Fairey wins.
The Associated Press action will fail in the courts under fair use rules and artistic license. Artists have for centuries used images of other's work in their own works. Recent rulings favoring Rap and Hip-Hop music sampling are good examples as well as the works of Robert Raushenburg and Andy Warhol. Sorry AP, Fairey wins again.
Obama still has that pesky problem of surrounding himself with criminals, terrorists, tax dodgers, scofflaws, and various ethical reprobates. And those are just the politicians! Damn if that man doesn't have a lot of character issues. But, what the hell, he's the Messiah we've all been waiting for.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.