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Obama photog sues AP, Fairey

July 25, 2009|Bloomberg News

Former Associated Press freelance photographer Mannie Garcia, whose 2006 image of Barack Obama inspired Shepard Fairey's famous "Hope" election poster, sued the news company and the artist for copyright violations.

In papers filed Thursday in New York federal court, Garcia said the AP fraudulently won a copyright for the photograph, while Fairey illegally used the image on his red, white and blue poster and is profiting from sales of related goods. The new claims were made in Fairey's pending lawsuit against the AP.

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