Back when Obama the ‘canidate/god’ was running and anything he touched or was a part of still shined. Unlike the tarnished politician and today things were better. Things were better for a young artist named Shepard Fairey. Fairey is the artist who downloaded an Associated Press photo and ‘photoshoped’ it up with a probably bootleged copy of the program he got via torrent and TPB (The Pirate Bay – worlds largest torrent site). I don’t know this of course but I’ve looked at his work – eh – it’s a style and he has it but I bet he does rely on the software lacking anything that could get him the title of ‘artist’.
What’s my beef my am I picking on ‘Shep’? That idiot set back the online ‘fair use’ doctrine hundreds of years single handedly. Timing is everthing of course. The point of this article is to show how Fairey ‘could’ have argued ‘fair use’;
The associated press contended that their photo posted online could not be used for anything else commercial without being paid. – This assumes that Fairey is not an artist and the software did all the work. The software didn’t load the photo, think it through decide ‘a filter? Yes? No?’.
Digitally modified artwork still requires a person to choose the way the color and strokes are applied. In this it’s no different than Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Cans. Fairey had an excellent case but because he ‘is a hack’ with a one ‘trick pony’ show as far as ‘artistic styles’ the boy didn’t know how to win. Obviously he was help up told he was ‘awesome’ and bought into it all. Good for him, art is half showmanship and if he can hold his own for five minutes in Washington with those parasites, job well done.
Except by not fighting the case to the end he let every other artist down. The boy didn’t man up to a crime, he got caught. He wasn’t an artist because he couldn’t defend his actions. He couldn’t say the basic bit in five lines or less – like I did about putting down the colors, planning the print, putting the ink on the paper old school printshop (which he did do). He could have argued the variation in each handmade print is like an individual painting – nope… Meaning he didn’t think them through. Like so many people today who download photoshop steal it and skip art school while hanging out a ‘graphic artist’ sign undercutting ‘professionals’ it shows people! There is nothing sadder than knowing this idiot – this liberal bs toting hack, will for ever be called ‘an artist’ when all he did was get caught and screw it up for the rest of us! Thanks Shepard Fairey – you sir are an ‘artist’ for whatever that’s worth now….