...until someone decides to sue you.
Last week I read a story where The Associated Press is seeking compensation for the use of their image in the famous Obama HOPE posters created by LA based artist Shepard Fairey. This will be an interesting case to watch as it develops. Fairey is claiming "Fair Use" while the AP is determined to "safeguard its assets".
What does this have to do with Michigan or our football program ? Quite fankly, Nothing. It is the off season and I thought it would be an interesting topic of conversation. As a professional photographer, I understand the desire of the AP to safeguard it's images. I get pretty upset when I see one of my photos used without my permission or compensation. But I also think that the AP waited entirely too long to seek a resolution here. They knew this image was widely being used and allowed it to be turned into a cultural phenomenon without doing anything for months. To go back now and seek compensation would be difficult at best.
One of our readers (I think it was GoBlueBob, but the original email is gone. Please let me know if it was you and I will give specific credit) sent us this BO icon image he created using the now popular OBAMICION generator. I tried to create a similar Rich Rodriguez icon during the season using photoshop, but the ease of use of this web-based application is amazing. At this point my mind is buzzing with other fun iconic images and the possibilities are endless. I quickly created a RR NINJA FOOTBALL this morning to test it out.
As a result, I am now motivated to launch the Spawn of MZone OBAMICON contest for the most original and entertaining reader submitted icon.
1) Send us your images to our email address spawnofmzone (at) gmail dot com
2) T9 and I will gather them up and select 10 finalists from the entries.
3) We will have a vote for the winner.
Entries must be received by midnight on Thursday -- I will post the voting poll on Friday. Voting will close out a week later. Winner will claim the title of ICON KING (or QUEEN) OF THE SPAWN NATION and have their winning image posted as part of our sidebar.