Copyright infringement occurs when a “copyrighted work is distributed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.” In otherwords, changing the original copy of the owners work without his or her permission.
-Here is a common case of copyright infringement during Obama’s presidential campaign.
After the release of an original photo of President Obama, a street artist named Shepard Fairey, took the photo at random from Google Images and began to create a new image. However, Fairey didn’t know who took the original photo and should’nt be blamed for violating copyright laws. After researching the photographer behind the photo, Philadelphia photo journalist Tom Gralish, tracked down Mannie Garcia. Garcia was responsible for the photo and was believed to be on an assignment for the Associated Press in 2006 when he took the photo.
However, after Garcia saw the reconstruction of his photo, he states, “[I am] perfectly happy that [my] photo was used, and not at all upset…” I know artists like to look at things; they see things and they make stuff. It’s a really cool piece of work.” Lucky for Fairey, ”I wouldn’t mind getting a signed litho or something from the artist to put up on my wall.”
- To read more, check out the link for the article!http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090125/1907073531.shtml
Copyright Infringement should only be taken into consideration if a person is completely disrespecting the owner’s property. In this case, the artist did no harm in making President Obama’s photo stand out from the orignal. Not only was the photo creative, but the owner Mannie Garcia, loved the idea of his work being used by the artist. Sometimes situations that may seem “negative,” can actually turn out as a positive.