You Stole My Photograph of Obama And Made It Huge!

All of a sudden, the Associated Press says it's entitled to money and credit for the photo that became the ubiquitous icon of the Obama campaign, the "Hope" poster made by former street artist Shephard Fairey.'s Underwire blog reports that Fairey's lawyer is arguing the image is protected by fair use, but the AP says all of its images require permission. Fairey found the image on Google images.

The AP asserts that the photo was taken in April 2006 by Manny Garcia, who was on assignment for the wire service, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. But why did it take so long for them to figure this out? I heard Shepherd Fairey interviewed in NPR on the day of Obama's inaugural and he was still surprised that he hadn't heard from the photographer and expressed appreciation. Is it possible that this is more about the dire state of print syndication and less about copyright law? Big Think wants to know your thoughts on the future of syndication and fair use. Email

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
Keep reading Show less

Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
Keep reading Show less

What would happen if America defaulted on its debt?

Sure we know it would be bad, but what do all of these scary numbers really mean?

Politics & Current Affairs
  • At the press time, the value was $21.7 trillion dollars.
  • Lots of people know that a default would be bad, but not everybody seems to get how horrible it would be.
  • While the risk is low, knowing what would happen if a default did occur is important information for all voters.
Keep reading Show less