AP's Copyright Suit Over Obama Image Heads To Trial

Law360, New York (February 15, 2011, 8:00 PM EST) -- A federal judge has opted to send the Associated Press' copyright infringement claims over T-shirts that feature an iconic image of President Barack Obama to a jury, while nixing the shirt seller's fair use defense.

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled on summary judgment motions during a hearing Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, finding it appropriate to test key issues in the case — over T-shirt company One 3 Two Inc.'s use of artist Shepard Fairey's “Hope” illustration —...
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