Glenn Beck Creates His Own Shepard Fairey-Inspired Obama ‘Hope’ Poster, Featuring…

Hmm … I tend to think this particular Founding Father would NOT be happy with Glenn Beck using his image … but he’s been dead for a long time. I bring that up for legal reasons, because helps to define what we call the “public domain.”

So actually, even though Shepard Fairey’s Obama art is legally problematic, I do wonder if Beck can do this under “fair use.”

Legal scholars, your opinion is welcome. (And those who have something to say about Glenn Beck…)

P.S. Glenn Beck “paints”?!?

11 Comments on "Glenn Beck Creates His Own Shepard Fairey-Inspired Obama ‘Hope’ Poster, Featuring…"

  1. i wish dousch bags like him would listen to the things George Washington said about political parties
    instead trying to use him as a knee jerk icon

  2. i hope people protest the hell out of his presence. This guy is fucking fraud to the core, whomever doesn't see that deserves to be his follower.

  3. namelesswon | Feb 26, 2010 at 4:46 am |

    didnt shepherd get sued by msn??? for the image his was based on?

  4. Actually, Shepard Fairey's art ISN'T legally problematic. It's been MADE into a problem by a bunch of nitwits who neither understand the purpose of copyright, or the essential rights of fair use.

    Now Glenn Beck's flat-out appropriation of it without any alteration or collage or compendium might be problematic, if he isn't being satirical, but is being literal. Satire without attribution is allowed. Literal copying is not.

    I would say though that even though what he says is a slime move, Beck is probably protected because it is political speech. But then, so is Fairey. And in that regard, even though I couldn't disagree more with even the idea of Glenn Beck breathing, much less what spews forth from that stupid pie hole in his face — I will defend to the death his right to say it.

    However I will also say the caliber of his words merit more some tin-foil hat wearing nutbag standing on an apple box screaming on a street corner, than someone who is given a national, multi-million dollar news platform with which to reach millions with his blithering. His position of prominence is out-of-step with what he deserves, which is largely to be ignored, as clearly he went off the beam into cuckoo land a long time ago.

    Why has “anger replaced hope”? Because of asshats like you blocking progress that might actually HELP people, Glenn.

  5. Also, you'll note that “real hope” comes from a slave-owning white guy, not the black dude. (Much less a mixed-race guy like Obama, who scares people like Beck on a whole other level. “They're comin' after our white women!!!!! Get yer gun, and don't fergit ta cut the holes in the sheets!”)

    Seriously. The entire right wing has come up with so many different way to characterize Obama (socialist, marxist, leninist, nazi, tyrant, etc.) because they can't say the one word they really WANT to say — NIGGER.

    You can literally see them ITCHING to say it, but they know if they do, anyone with an ethical bone in their body will tear them to shreds, because then their inverted racism will have become OVERT.

  6. tonyviner | Feb 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    The funny thing about Shepard Fairey is that he parodied his own portrait for the cover of “The Audacity of Hype” by Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.

  7. Polymorpheous | Feb 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm |

    never watched the guy's show. (or television for that matter.)
    i didn't even watch this clip. not really interested in what the man has to say.

    one thing i did notice immediately, was how flashy that studio looks.
    do americans really need all of the bling and television monitors in the background to pay attention?

    • honestly I wouldn't be surprised if 99% of studio backgrounds on tv news these days were bluescreen cgi
      it would be the perfect medium for today's “news”

  8. melissaeaaron | Feb 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm |

    Does he teach to mentally handicapped individuals? Is that why he speaks in the excited tones of a child with a story to tell? Is he purposefully condescending ? This person is deliberately preying upon the vulnerablity of the feeble minded. His position on anything is worthless & trite. Offensive. Sophomoric.

  9. Sarah Handwerger | Mar 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

    I couldn’t follow Beck’s schizophrenic word salad, but from a copyright law point of view, I think it’s probably fair use under “criticism and comment” and also under parody.

  10. Sarah Handwerger | Mar 2, 2010 at 9:37 am |

    I couldn't follow Beck's schizophrenic word salad, but from a copyright law point of view, I think it's probably fair use under “criticism and comment” and also under parody.

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