[sf-lug] Lessig crowd-sources Shep Fairey's legal case

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 17:10:03 PST 2009


On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>wrote:

> Slightly off-topic, but close enough.  Lessig has sought the assistance of
> the masses

forgot the link to the original story:


> in beating the AP's claim that Shepard Fairey should be liable for fat
> dollars because of his use of Mannie Garcia's picture of then-Senator
> Obama.  If you so desire, you can vote on it in the Firehose here:
> http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=3493607
> christian.einfeldt <einfeldtNO at SPAMdigitaltippingpoint.com> writes *"Stanford
> law professor Larry Lessig has issued a call to the masses<http://www.lessig.org/blog/2009/02/crowd-sourcing_a_fair_use_case.html>for help in assisting Shepard Fairey in Fairey's legal case against the
> Associated Press arising out of the dispute over Fairey's famous poster
> depicting Obama's upturned, thoughtful face, a poster that in the minds of
> many defined the Obama 2008 presidential campaign. Lessig, writing on behalf
> of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS), says that
> the CIS team would like help finding images similar to that of Mannie
> Garcia's preceding photograph<http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_U7EeVLR_r8A/SZuxqsiCnJI/AAAAAAAAAdU/5pHRaqW-M4Y/s1600-h/clooneyobama.jpg>of then-Senator Obama appearing with George Clooney during the campaign.
> Although Lessig is holding his cards close to his vest as to why similar
> photos are being sought, commentators on Lessig's blog seem to think<http://www.lessig.org/blog/2009/02/crowd-sourcing_a_fair_use_case.html#comment-69770>that as more similar photos can be found, it becomes less likely that
> Fairey's poster alone had any impact on the market for the Mannie Garcia's
> photo; in other words, defending Fairey by spreading the "blame". But the
> more entertaining question might be: can the Slashdot effect alter the
> outcome of this case?"*
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