Sunday, February 08, 2009

Obama Poster Boy Fairey Arrested and Sued

Shepard Fairey, the Obama poster boy, was arrested in Boston Friday night. Two arrest warrants were issued Jan. 24 for damage to property due to graffiti. Brighton District Court and Roxbury District Court of Suffolk County contend Fairey

"tagged locations in the Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street area and the railroad trestle by the BU Bridge."
Fairey, the 38-year-old controversial counterculture street artist, told the Boston Globe he has been

"arrested at least 14 times."
Barack Obama, currently occupying the White House, used Fairey's posters in his hostile take over of the Oval Office. Obama sent Fairey a typed letter that read:

"I am privileged to be a part of your art work and proud to have your support."
Well, of course Obama's proud to have Fairey's support what with Fairey being a criminal and all. Obama doesn't seem to have non-lawbreaker friends and acquaintances. Probably just as well if he's thrown out of the Oval Office as a non-native born American usurper.

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.


Ted said...

Since Obama’s earnest drive to convince the nation to weaken its economic strength through redistribution as well as weaken its national defense, COUPLED WITH HIS UNPRECEDENTED WHITE HOUSE TAKEOVER OF DECENNIAL CENSUS TAKING FROM THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, has confirmed the very threats to our Republic’s survival that the Constitution was designed to avert, it no longer is sustainable for the United States Supreme Court and Military Joint Chiefs to refrain from exercising WHAT IS THEIR ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO DEFEND THE NATION FROM UNLAWFUL USURPATION. The questions of Obama’s Kenyan birth and his father’s Kenyan/British citizenship (admitted on his own website) have been conflated by his sustained unwillingnes to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal, and compounded by his internet posting of a discredited ‘after-the-fact’ short form ‘certificate’. In the absence of these issues being acknowledged and addressed, IT IS MANIFEST THAT OBAMA REMAINS INELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. Being a 14th Amendment ‘citizen’ is not sufficient. A ‘President’ MUST BE an Article 2 ‘natural born citizen’ AS DEFINED BY THE FRAMERS’ INTENT.

Anonymous said...

Here is what our 44th President said today, Feb. 12, 2009: is a great honor to be here -- a place where Lincoln served, was inaugurated, and where the nation he saved bid him a last farewell. As we mark the bicentennial of our 16th President's birth, I cannot claim to know as much about his life and works as many who are also speaking today, but I can say that I feel a special gratitude to this singular figure who in so many ways made my own story possible -- and in so many ways made America's story possible.

It is fitting that we are holding this celebration here at the Capitol, for the life of this building is bound ever so closely to the times of this immortal President. Built by artisans and craftsmen, but also immigrants and slaves -- it was here, in the rotunda, that Union soldiers received help from a makeshift hospital; it was downstairs, in the basement, that they were baked bread to give them strength; and it was in the Senate and House chambers where they slept at night and spent some of their days.

What those soldiers saw when they looked on this building was a very different sight than the one we see today, for it remained unfinished until the end of the war. The laborers who built the dome came to work wondering each day whether that would be their last; whether the metal they were using for its frame would be requisitioned for the war and melted down into bullets. But each day went by without any orders to halt construction, and so they kept on working and kept on building.

When President Lincoln was finally told of all the metal being used here, his response was short and clear: That is as it should be. The American people needed to be reminded, he believed, that even in a time of war, the work would go on; the people's business would continue; that even when the nation itself was in doubt, its future was being secured; and that on that distant day, when the guns fell silent, a national capitol would stand, with a statue of freedom at its peak, as a symbol of unity in a land still mending its divisions.

It is this sense of unity, this ability to plan for a shared future even at a moment where our nation was torn apart, that I reflect on today. And while there are any number of moments that reveal that particular side of this extraordinary man, Abraham Lincoln -- that particular aspect of his leadership -- there's one that I'd like to share with you today.

In the war's final weeks, aboard Grant's flagship, The River Queen, President Lincoln was asked what was to be done with the rebel armies once General Lee surrendered. With victory at hand, Lincoln could have sought revenge. He could have forced the South to pay a steep price for their rebellion. But despite all the bloodshed and all the misery that each side had exacted upon the other, and despite his absolute certainty in the rightness of the cause of ending slavery, no Confederate soldier was to be punished, Lincoln ordered. They were to be treated, as he put it, "liberally all round." What Lincoln wanted was for Confederate troops to go back home and return to work on their farms and in their shops. He was even willing, he said, to "let them have their horses to plow and their guns to shoot crows with."

That was the only way, Lincoln knew, to repair the rifts that had torn this country apart. It was the only way to begin the healing that our nation so desperately needed. What Lincoln never forgot, not even in the midst of civil war, was that despite all that divides us -- north and south, black and white -- we were, at heart, one nation and one people, sharing a bond as Americans that could bend but would not break.

And so even as we meet here today, in a moment when we are far less divided than in Lincoln's day, but when we are once again debating the critical issues of our time -- and debating them sometimes fiercely -- let us remember that we are doing so as servants of the same flag, as representatives of the same people, and as stakeholders in a common future. That is the most fitting tribute we can pay -- the most lasting monument we can build -- to that most remarkable of men, Abraham Lincoln. Thank you.