Friday, February 06, 2009
Here is a case where enforcing copyright is poor public relations. The Associated Press has decided to make an example of a street artist who used one of its pictures of President Obama to make a popular poster. It would have been better for the AP if it had left the situation alone. It is understandable that the wire service doesn't want people taking its photos and turning them into unpaid artwork, but what happened here was an unusual case and not the norm. Insisting on copyright makes AP look heartless and doesn't help its reputation.