The Warholesque picture of Barack Obama looking upwards with the word “hope” written across the bottom has appeared on everything from t-shirts, buttons and posters during last year’s presidential campaign and now the Associated Press has come forward to claim the copyright.
The iconic image of Obama was designed by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey and has even inspired Obamicon.Me where indviduals can converts their personal photographs to the same red, white and blue stylized portrait.
Fairey has acknowledged that his painting is based on a photograph taken by the Associated Press. Mannie Garcia is the photographer who snapped the infamous picture at the National Press Club in Washington while on assignment for the AP in April 2006.
The AP wants credit and compensation for Fairey’s use of the photo, however Fairey’s lawyer Anthony Falzone claims “fair use protects Shepard’s right to do what he did here.”