The legal battles over the use of an Associated Press photo in artist Shepard Fairey’s famous Obama “Hope” image has come to an end. Neither the AP nor Fairey surrendered their view of the law but the two sides have agreed to work together going forward and share the rights for posters and merchandise bearing the image. In addition, the parties plan to collaborate on a series of images that Fairey will create based on AP photographs.
In a statement released today, AP President and CEO Tom Curley said, “AP will continue to celebrate the outstanding work of its award-winning photographers and use revenue from the licensing of those photos to support its mission as the essential provider of news and photography from around the world. The AP will continue to vigilantly protect its copyrighted photographs against wholesale copying and commercialization where there is no legitimate basis for asserting fair use.”
Financial terms of the AP-Fairey settlement were not disclosed. The AP’s lawsuit against Obey Clothing, the apparel line that marketed the image remains outstanding.