A Couple Dozen Questions About Copyright

Obama Poster

Who owns Barack Obama’s image? Does Shepard Fairey? Does the Associated Press? Does Obama? Whose expression is it? Who wears it? Who transmitted it? Who captured it? Who created it? Who reproduced it? Who sold it? What would Walter Benjamin say? What would Mikhail Bakhtin say? Who uttered it? from when? to where? to whom? Who infringed? Who doesn’t infringe? What do we owe each other for what we’ve taken, shared, created, borrowed, been given? What would Mike Kelley say? Forget if it can ever be repaid, what is it paying for? Whose debt is it, was it, will it be? Who is keeping the balance sheet of what is owed for likeness? 



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