Thursday, February 5, 2009

You Wanna Piece of Me!?!

I read this article today and became so frustrated. What is it in our society that EVERYONE wants a piece of the action? The AP is going after this artist for money because he used one of their photographs (by a photographer who is no longer there) as a basis for his artwork. It is in dispute whether or not it was licensed but from what I can gather from the article, he didn't get paid for these images but rather donated money to the National Endowment for the Arts. He has not denied using the image as a basis for the painting and was asked by the Obama campaign to make more.

IF the original photographer was raising this issue I wouldn't have a problem, but the AP? Their images are spread across the web, copied, posted, used millions of times (etsy sellers look out!).

I don't know. I can see both sides of the issue, but it just seems like a big giant squashing the little guy....


ReFabulous said...

I'm surprised it took this long for it to become an issue.

Kelly said...

Giants squash little guys all the time...but every once in a while a David shows up and kicks Goliath's hiney!

Like you, I can see both sides of that issue. It's a tough one.

Little Lovables said...

Also, the artist was ASKED by Obama personaly and his campaign to make images for the campaign.

It is only an issue now b/c he is starting to make money off of it.