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AP Wants Money for its Photo Used by Obama Campaign


The Associated Press (AP) claims it should receive credit and compensation for an image of President Barack Obama used during the campaign that was based on an AP photo, Hillel Italie reports for the AP.

The image of a pensive Barack Obama looking upward in red, white, blue with the word HOPE at the bottom was designed by Los Angeles-based street artist Shepard Fairey and been sold on hundreds of thousands stickers, buttons and posters. The illustration was also recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Fairey disagrees with AP’s claim of copyright infringement, and his attorney and the news organization were discussing a solution.