Monday, August 30, 2010

Photographer drops case against Associated Press in Obama Hope poster fight

"The Associated Press is very pleased that Mannie Garcia has withdrawn from the case with prejudice, meaning that he cannot refile his claim against the AP," says Paul Colford, AP director of media relations. "The AP has not wavered in its belief that Garcia was a staff photographer at the time he took the image of then-Senator Barack Obama, that AP properly employed Garcia, and that AP is the rightful copyright owner of the photo in question. Further, the AP is pleased that Garcia voluntarily withdrew without any payment or consideration of any kind -- this was not a settlement." The settlement, however, will not affect Fairey's case against the Associated Press. Fairey claims that the use of the image falls under fair use. But, while he argued, at first, that he had used another image shot by a different photographer, Fairey, pressed to present proof of his claims, was forced to admit he had lied and fabricated evidence about which photograph the poster was based upon. A three-week trial will start on 21 March 2011 in New York.

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