February 10th, 2009
08:30 AM ET

Artist sues the A.P. over Obama image

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Randy Kennedy
The New York Times

In a pre-emptive strike, the street artist Shepard Fairey filed a lawsuit on Monday against The Associated Press, asking a federal judge to declare that he is protected from copyright infringement claims in his use of a news photograph as the basis for a now ubiquitous campaign poster image of President Obama.

The suit was filed in federal court in Manhattan after The Associated Press said it had determined that it owned the image, which Mr. Fairey used for posters and stickers distributed grass-roots style last year during the election campaign. The photo, showing Mr. Obama at the National Press Club in April 2006, was taken for The A.P. by a freelance photographer, Mannie Garcia.


Filed under: Pop Culture • President Barack Obama
June 2nd, 2008
07:12 PM ET

Bo Diddley: Elvis "ripped off my leg-wriggling"

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Editor's note: Bo Diddley died of heart failure today, according to a statement released by his family.

Tim Lister
Executive Editor

Nine years ago, I was producing a CNN show called ‘World Beat’ – and we had the good fortune to sit down with Bo Diddley. He was about to turn seventy but still had extraordinary vigor and a busy touring schedule. He also had opinions.

It wasn’t difficult to get him started. All you had to do was suggest: “Some people think Elvis Presley founded Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Diddley’s response was immediate and unequivocal: “You ask Chuck Berry, he'll tell you the same thing. Ask Little Richard, Little Richard will tell you the same thing, ask Fats Domino, any of us. We will tell you that he did not do it and go back in the history books and see if you can find anybody before me. That's all I gotta say.” Diddley also said he remembered Presley visiting the Apollo Theater in Harlem where he was a regular fixture – “and then [he] ripped off my leg-wriggling.”

Filed under: Pop Culture
May 1st, 2008
05:09 PM ET

Oh my, Miley!

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Kristen Fyfe
The Culture and Media Institute, a conservative advocacy organization

It’s almost eerie.  In checking around to see what the media buzz is on the Miley Cyrus/Vanity Fair bare-backed photo controversy, I ran across this piece from Time, which was posted yesterday.  Seems Cyrus made Time’s Time 100 list of influential people.  The write-up on Cyrus is by former teen idol Donny Osmond, who wrote:

“Show business is about idolization. As an idol to tweens the world over, singer-actress Miley Cyrus, 15, is riding a huge tidal wave at the pinnacle of her career; this is as it should be. I hope she enjoys it. I guarantee there will be many bumps in the road ahead. One of them, especially for somebody who acts and sings on her own TV show, is that your image becomes cryogenically frozen into a specific stereotype. Within three to five years, Miley will have to face adulthood. Fans grow up, and their youthful interests quickly dissolve. Her challenge will be overcoming the Hannah Montana stereotype.  Miley's fans are not thinking about the fact that she will grow up too. As she does, she'll want to change her image, and that change will be met with adversity.”

Likelihood that Osmond wrote that within the last 48 hours?  Zero.  But the man deserves kudos for being prescient.


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