I don’t condone people taking things, just because they can, off the Internet. But in this case I think it’s a very unique situation.
If you put all the legal stuff away, I’m so proud of the photograph and that Fairey did what he did artistically with it, and the effect it’s had.
Freelance photographer Mannie Garcia commenting in this morning's New York Times on the image that has spurred the pre-emptive lawsuit that Shepard Fairey has filed against the Associated Press.
Since identifying the image as one of their own the AP has been negotiating with Fairey for a portion of all proceeds related to the work. Garcia claims that in fact he owns the image under the terms of his contract with the AP at the time.
Not mentioned in the lawsuit? George Clooney, who was sitting next to Obama at a 2006 National Press Club event at the time the shot was taken by Mr. Garcia.
Related: Shepard Fairey was arrested in Boston for doing what he does.
Update: The plot thickens »