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Shepard Fairey Could Lose Obama 'Hope' Copyright Case

Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey was warned by a judge in New York Friday that he would likely lose a copyright case brought by Associated Press over his use of an AP photo for his iconic Hope posters, and that he should seek a settlement, according to AP.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein said, " ... Whether it's sooner or later, The Associated Press is going to win" the case. Fairey has argued that his use of the photo is covered by the legal "fair use" doctrine and alleges that AP itself has used copyrighted images in the past without permission.