Are you feeling hopeful these days? I sure am. I’m fully vaccinated and ready to start planning some travel! Be sure to keep up with all of my adventures — on this blog and elsewhere — by following me on Instagram. Just click the post above to get to my account, thank you!
On Tuesday, a judge dismissed copyright lawsuits between street artist Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press news service over an image of Barack Obama that Fairey used for a 2006 Obama campaign poster. This is a rather complicated case, or series of related cases actually, which involve Fairey and the “Obama Hope” image, which was later used on merchandise such as T-shirts and mugs. You can read up on the details at This Link. I’m not saying that “stealing” is ever justified, but there are ways to amicably resolve these types of issues without getting all Metallica-style litigious on everyone’s ass. At any rate, the ruling is good news for Fairey – whose work I am a huge fan of – and other artists of his ilk, who sometimes appropriate fair use images from pop culture in their artwork.
Jailbreak Toys has announced a pair of new variants of their Obama Action Figure. The HOPE Edition, designed by Nelson Asencio, is a tribute to Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster, and the Inaugural Edition was designed by Jailbreak’s own J*Rock as a way to celebrate what’s about to become the biggest Inauguration Party of all time. Set to be released on January 12th, 2009, each figure will be part of a numbered limited edition of 3,000 pieces.
Thanks to Plastic and Plush for the Tip!
I read the Post Secret blog every Sunday morning. Today they had this movie posted on the site and asked readers to share it on their own blogs, so I am doing that now. Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.