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Art, Capitalism, the AP and the Obama "Brand"

I notice today this story regarding the rumpus between the artist now famous for his "iconic" (as people are pleased to call it) portrait of Barack Obama striped in red, white and blue and the Associated Press.  It seems that this artist is now forced to admit that he used a photo copyrighted by the AP in the production of the thing and that he did, in fact, derive some personal profit from his work.  Naturally, there are some legal ramifications because "Obama" is as much a brand as he is anything else.

As to the information contained in the story that the artist in question profited, primarily, as a result of his line of clothing with Obama's image and that this line is dubbed, "Obey"--I will not comment beyond the obvious point of noting that it is an interesting name, indeed . . . and to say that artists are known, sometimes, to make unconscious but brilliant observations.
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