Shepard Fairey shirt for Creative Commons

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Creative Commons has launched its 5th Annual Fundraising Campaign. Donate $75 or more and you'll get a special edition t-shirt featuring this lovely design by Shepard Fairey! For those who may not know, Creative Commons is an incredibly important non-profit making it easier for people to legally use, share, repurpose and remix creative work. It's about a shift from the default all-or-nothing stance of "all rights reserved" to a spectrum of "some rights reserved." Of course, everything Boing Boing does is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. Creative Commons isn't about knocking down copyright, but rather complementing it in ways that support, and fuel, creativity and culture. Donate to Creative Commons

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  1. Shepard Fairey? Where’s the appropriated Soviet propaganda and other people’s copyrighted content?

    Seriously. Do we really want a guy a reputation of creating homages to totalitarian communist regimes and taking other peoples work without permission associated with the promotion of voluntarily releasing work into the Commons? Sure Fairey is the most prominent “remixer” (god I hate that word), but he’s not using the Commons, and the blowback from him being a hack, isn’t exactly something I’d want to be associated with.

  2. I like Shepard Fairey, and I love Creative Commons and am happy to give them money, but IMO that shirt is butt ugly.

  3. @coaxial An homage to totalitarian regimes? Before your melodrama gets the best of you I suggest looking a bit longer at Shephard’s body of work. You’ll notice that while he pays homage to the power and stylistic devices of soviet propaghanda his messages do not reflect opression or totalitarianism in any way shape or form.

  4. “Seriously. Do we really want a guy a reputation of creating homages to totalitarian communist regimes and taking other peoples work without permission associated with the promotion of voluntarily releasing work into the Commons?”

    Yes, of course we do. Propaganda can still be art, and good art propaganda. Your worldview is pretty small, bud.

  5. I’m assuming that since it’s a Creative Commons shirt, the design itself is under CC too, right? Or will it be wearable irony?

  6. Mr. Fairey is really just the updated version of those white music producers who stole blues riffs from black musicians way back when and sold them, with white faces, to white audiences.

    See image, appropriate image, delete tracks. Profit.

    As the French say, le puke.

  7. Zebbart nails it. Why haven’t we heard a peep from Cory and Co. about Fairey suing others for parodying his work? Or the fact that he lied about the Obama image and went so far as to delete images to cover up his lies?

    Whatever your interpretation of fair use this guy should not be anybody’s poster child. Boing-Boing should call him out just as it did the Associated Press. Let’s not be hypocrites here.

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