Shep Fairey’s Obama debate on Colbert

Posted by on Feb 13, 2009 in Uncategorized



  1. Byron King
    February 14, 2009

    Stephen Colbert is a god or demigod or maybe God himself. I would worship him if there was a chapel close by and the service didn’t take too much time out of my Sunday morning. I’ve truly never laughed so hard the past few months following him.

    Trying to think of a fourth opportunity to sue someone, maybe that image belongs to the people now. Maybe we could sue all three of them for using an image that has been so easily adopted as an icon by the people of hope, change, etc.

  2. markcreegan
    February 14, 2009

    not sure what happen to the video embed..u guys see it?

  3. Byron King
    February 14, 2009

    yeah dude. the video looks fine in IE and Firefox for me. Funny as shit.

  4. Akbar Lightning
    February 14, 2009

    Mark, another fine piece of art journalism, you are hittin em out the park lately!

    it is funny, that this is a discussion about art and law.



    my opinion is that his work is not art, more a work of illustration, meant to serve another master, the politician, which is fine, but it is the distinction i make.

    i will be watching this case closely because I am working on a work about Obama, and that is the exact image i am using, whoops.


  5. Frank
    February 14, 2009

    Being a civil case, I assume that a judgement against Fairey would mean he would have to give some or all of the money he made from selling the original prints/posters/larger works.

    If his lawyers take the “it’s art” high ground, his past financial success, business plan and the fact he used the image in hundreds of prints instead of a singular work may be used against him. I’d love to know how either side wants to play it, if they don’t settle out of court. Does the photojournalist have any say in it or does the AP have absolute control of his photo now?

    I know Fairey was recently arrested in Boston, but I don’t know for what.

    Colbert amazes me that he can adlib pefectly in character. He’s brillant – the perfect clown.

  6. joanelle mulrain
    February 15, 2009

    all i can tell you is that when the podesto foundation bought shep fairey’s piece of art – it is now part of the national portrait gallery’s permanent collection – it now belongs to the smithsonian. hmmm – now that would be an interesting lawsuit, too (specialty item sales, marketing/branding venues). it is an incredibly large piece, and it is a collage (newspapers, stencil painting, etc.). i will download the close-ups later – it was a total surprise. this portrait of obama is, indeed, the people’s portrait – and is one of many, this one becoming the icon of the others for the manifest hope event. at the end of the day, this, too, ends up in the bucket…”it’s all about the money!” will be interesting to see where it goes.


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