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November 06, 2009

Re "A clearer picture," Editorial, Nov. 1

The Times' editorial gets muddy by siding with copyright infringers such as Shepard Fairey.

A ruling in Fairey's favor would open a gigantic gate for plagiarists to rob the talented. Fairey should have asked permission to use (and profit from) someone else's work -- not just take it.

A photograph is always original, as it is virtually impossible that someone else has taken the exact same picture from the exact same angle before.

The Associated Press should be awarded significant damages.

Julian Lopez

Los Angeles

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