An artist who created a famous image of Barack Obama before he became president sued The Associated Press on Monday, asking a judge to find that his use of an AP picture in creating the poster did not violate copyright law.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey did not violate the copyright of the April 2006 photograph because he dramatically changed the nature of the image.
The AP has said it is owed credit and compensation for the artist’s rendition of the picture, taken by Mannie Garcia on assignment for the AP at the National Press Club in Washington.
See Found: The Photograph That Inspired Obama Nation. The case particulars are Fairey v. The Associated Press, 09-cv-01123. U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). See also Obama’s On-the-Wall Endorsement (pdf)