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Great news for the art world! A judge has dismissed copyright lawsuits between Shepard Fairey, who created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image and The Associated Press but has left a March trial date in place for related claims between the news service and companies that sold merchandise using the artist’s image. You can read more about this exciting ruling here. I also agree with The Worley Gig’s commentary that “there are ways to amicably resolve these types of issues without getting all Metallica-style litigious on everyone’s ass. At any rate, the ruling is good news for Fairey, whose work I am a huge fan of , and other artists of his ilk, who sometimes appropriate fair use images from pop culture in their artwork.” You can read The Worley Gig’s comments about the ruling here.