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[News] Land of the Fee Bans President's Face, Imprisons Artists

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Creator of iconic Obama portrait arrested

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| An arraignment is scheduled on Monday. If convicted on all charges, he faces 
| up to three years in jail, Kenneally said. 
| Fairey made headlines this week when The Associated Press claimed his Obama 
| portrait infringed on its copyright to a photograph used for the artwork and 
| that it should be compensated for its use.  


Yup! No joke.

Since When was Copyright Infringement 'Theft?'

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| This is the BIG LIE perpetrated again people all around the world.  Every 
| organisation in the same ilk as AFACT maintains the same half-truth as if it 
| were cast in stone.  They equate "copyright infringement" with "theft."  The 
| word is even welded into their name.   


Obama should sue AP for 'stealing' his face.


AP Demands Money For Iconic Obama Poster Image

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| Just last week, we wrote about the question of whether or not the iconic
| image used on Obama posters that was created by street artist Shepard Fairey
| was copyright infringement. For a while, no one (including Fairey) could
| figure out what photo was the basis for the image. But a photojournalist
| tracked it down, and discovered it was by a photojournalist named Mannie
| Garcia, who was doing work for the Associated Press at the time. Garcia
| didn't mind at all, but as we noted in our post, the AP might take a
| different view on things, since it's so aggressive with copyright. However,
| even we thought the AP wouldn't be so stupid as to actually demand payment
| for the use of the image... but we were wrong.


AP dumps Microsoft

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| Until now AP used Microsoft's MSN media player to distribute videos. Vole
| flogged ads alongside the material, sharing the revenue with AP.


What's Fair Use, Anyway? AP Has a Thought, and So Do I

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| Now that AP has purported to establish fair use guidelines that would make 5
| words licensable as *not* fair use, I thought I'd explain a bit about fair
| use and about why Groklaw no longer will link to or quote from any AP
| articles. I've seen reports that AP has backed off in some not quite
| clear-to-me way, but I notice their list of fees remains online.
| [...]
| And that is why Groklaw no longer will quote from or link to AP, and I'd ask
| you not to do so in your comments either. I can't pay $50 a pop, and I don't
| like being sued, even though I'm positive the 5 words guideline would fail. I
| think you've seen how horrible litigation really is, from watching the SCO
| saga, so do go along with this decision, please. Nothing AP has is worth this
| kind of hassle.


The Cost of Excerpting the AP

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| It's priced by the word, and using a 5- to 25-word excerpt costs $12.50 with
| a 251-word or longer excerpt costing a ridiculous $100.
| This ordeal reminds me a lot of the fight against piracy. No matter how much
| the AP tries, it will never be able to curtail the entire blogosphere, just
| as the RIAA will never be able to completely eliminate piracy. The big
| question remains: Will the AP's reputation begin to resemble that of the


Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations (and reserves
the right to terminate your license)

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| In the name of "defin[ing] clear standards as to how much of its articles and
| broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt" the Associated Press is now
| selling "quotation licenses" that allow bloggers, journallers, and people who
| forward quotations from articles to co-workers to quote their articles. The
| licenses start at $12.50 for quotations of 5-25 words. The licensing system
| exhorts you to snitch on people who publish without paying the blood-money,
| offering up to $1 million in reward money (they also think that "fair use" --
| the right to copy without permission -- means "Contact the owner of the work
| to be sure you are covered under fair use.").

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