February 16, 2009
What you don't know about copyright infringement can hurt you—bad.
This morning the AIGA pointed me to another in a long line of high-profile copyright infringement cases, this time, regarding the infringement of a photograph used to illustrate the now famous Obama campaign poster.
If you don't know what "fair use" means and what your responsibilities are when it comes to copyright, you need to learn. As the saying goes, ignorance is no defense. It can cost you—big time—hundreds of thousands of dollars and your reputation.
The new twist is this: As I understand it, Shepard Fairey is actually defending his right to appropriate the image.