A new article in Print magazine brings to the surface many of the gray areas of fair use, plagiarism, referencing, and appropriation. In Milton Glaser's opinion, "...For myself—this is subjective—I find the relationship between Fairey’s work and his sources discomforting. Nothing substantial has been added..."
If infact Shepard Fairey's usage of the Barack Obama image was not "fair use", this will open up further questioning on much of the design and illustration work taking place today.
The image grid above shows the Marcel Duchamp profile image Milton Glaser's refers to in the Print interview.
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