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Old 02-08-2009, 11:45 PM
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Re: Obama campaign artist--copyright infringement??

It's funny, I had a discussion about this and the guy I was talking to was praising the artist saying that the photographer "had a lot of money" and could afford to have his work stolen.

I don't know about you, but where I come from, most photographers don't "have a lot of money". Also, even if they did, their work should be respected and not used in such a way without permission in my opinion. I don't think the fact that if someone thinks someone or some business has a "lot of money" that they deserved to be ripped off.

As for "fair use", I don't think this qualifies. Fair use was originally designed for using materials in a teaching or educational manner and usually not for profit. This artist has, indeed, profited from his use of this photo in more ways than one.
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