Associated Press sues retailers over iconic Obama image

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The Associated Press has sued several retailers including Urban Outfitters for the unauthorised use of the Hope image created by artist Shepard Fairey.

Artist Fairey used an AP photo without permission to create the image, and was sued by the news agency for violating copyright. That case was settled.

AP argues that using the image on T-shirts is wilful and blatant violation of the copyright of the photo.

A spokesman said that using photos for free devalued the work of journalists.

The news agency filed lawsuits against Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Zumiez seeking unspecified damages.

A Nordstrom spokeswoman said in a statement that the firm was aware of the lawsuit. Representatives of the other retailers have yet to respond, AP said....

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