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Obama ?? Hope ?? Poster settlement is a good deal for both parties, says Kernochan Center Directorchan

Obama's 'Hope' poster-lawsuit agreement is a good deal for both parties, says the director of the Kernochan Center Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 New York, January 11, 2011 Copyright infringement litigation between the Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey over his famous Hope poster depicting Barack Obama has been resolved, which an intellectual property expert from Columbia Law School said on Wednesday was the right move for both sides. From the AP's point of view, whether or not Fairey's use is fair use is a narrow question, and it cannot be sure that it will prevail, said June Besek, executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. In Fairey's view, his misrepresentations of the source material were problematic on several levels and could have influenced the end result. It was about a Poster Fairey from then-Sen. Obama, captured from a 2006 photo taken by an AP freelancer. The AP claimed the poster violated its copyright law. Fairey contested that his work was protected by fair use laws and took a preventive action against the news agency in 2009 after demanding compensation. A trial is due to begin in New York in March. According to published reports, Fairey has agreed not to use AP photos in his work after initially obtaining a license. Both sides also share the rights to manufacture goods with the image of Hope. Other financial conditions were kept confidential. The comparison appears to be a positive development for all parties involved, including the court, which does not have to deal with the most important legal claims in a case that is complicated with considerable security problems, said Besek.Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, is at the forefront of legal education and law in a global society. Columbia Law School combines its traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law, and human rights law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, criminal law, national security, and environmental law. Visit us inhttp://law.columbia.eduFollow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/columbialaw

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