AP and clothing company settle copyright dispute

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Posted: Mar 16, 2011 2:57 PM

The Associated Press and a clothing maker distributing merchandise based on artist Shepard Fairey's work have settled copyright claims stemming from the use of an AP photograph to create the artist's Barack Obama 'HOPE' image.

The deal between the AP and Obey Clothing was announced jointly Wednesday, a week before a Manhattan federal trial was to begin. Claims between the news agency and Fairey were settled in January.

The settlement called for the AP and Obey Clothing to collaborate on the future sale of apparel using Fairey's graphics based on AP photographs. Neither side surrendered its view of the law. Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

AP President Tom Curley said the deal will benefit an emergency fund that aids AP staff and families coping with catastrophes overseas.