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STATEMENT ON ASSOCIATED PRESS FAIR USE CASE

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on my legal battle to uphold the principle of fair use in copyright laws, I wanted to notify you of a recent development in my case against The Associated Press (AP).

On October 9, 2009, my lawyers sent a letter to the AP and to the photographer Mannie Garcia, through their lawyers, notifying them that I intend to amend my court pleadings. Throughout the case, there has been a question as to which Mannie Garcia photo I used as a reference to design the HOPE image. The AP claimed it was one photo, and I claimed it was another.

The new filings state for the record that the AP is correct about which photo I used as a reference and that I was mistaken. While I initially believed that the photo I referenced was a different one, I discovered early on in the case that I was wrong.

In an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images. I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions which were mine alone. I am taking every step to correct the information and I regret I did not come forward sooner.

I am very sorry to have hurt and disappointed colleagues, friends, and family who have supported me in this difficult case and trying time in my life.

I am also sorry because my actions may distract from what should be the real focus of my case – the right to fair use so that all artists can create freely. Regardless of which of the two images was used, the fair use issue should be the same.

– Shepard

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The Insurance Lobby’s Lies

Study after study shows that the insurance lobby is doing everything in its power to distort the facts about healthcare reform. Reform is not in their financial best interest, but it is in the interest of making healthcare available and affordable for the public at large. Check out the info below.

-Shepard

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Brendan Mullen RIP

Brendon Mullen was the owner of legendary LA Venue, Masque, and a friend of OBEY.  He was featured in SWINDLE Mag’s Icon Issue as a West Cost Punk Pioneer, introducing such influential bands as X, the Dickies, Fear, the Germs, and the Go Go’s.   On Monday, he passed away due an unexpected stroke.  Our condolences are with his family and friends.

http://swindlemagazine.com/issueicons/brendan-mullen/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/10/local-punk-champion-masque-founder-brendan-mullen-dies.html

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Global Warning Warhol Print

On Sunday, Oct 18th, to celebrate the Opening of the second stop of the Supply and Demand Exhibition, the Andy Warhol Museum will be offering an exclusive print ONLY available in person.  This print is an alternate colorway to the Global Warning image but in the fashionable Andy style.  So if you are in the Pittsburgh region don’t hesitate to make the drive.  It is an Edition of 450, 18 x 24, Signed and Numbered.

http://warhol.org/
http://www.warholstore.com/

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ADOPTAPET.COM X OBEY AWARENESS

We partnered with adopt-a-pet.com for our latest awareness project. We are deeply concerned about the resolution of the homeless pet crisis. We share adopt-a-pet.com‘s beliefs that these animals urgently need us to take the lead and speak out on their behalf. Dogs, pet owners, and supporters can proudly wear the ADOPT image I created to show their support. All profits generated from the sale of OBEY Awareness Adopt-A-Pet.com products go directly to support the cause.

Please check out the collar and leash for sale at Obey Clothing.

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Beyond Eden Art Fair

The Beyond Eden Art Fair is a multi-gallery event celebrating the new contemporary art scene in Los Angeles. The public is invited to attend this special event and admission is free.

After the success of last year’s East of Eden exhibition which drew over 3,000 people, the organizers have decided to branch out the scope of the fair and expand the focus geographically to include galleries from all across Los Angeles. The goal of Beyond Eden is to celebrate the new contemporary movement that has been building momentum and a patron base in Los Angeles for the past several decades and is finally starting to receive mainstream recognition from major institutions and publications the world over. Organizers are partnering with some of Los Angeles’ leading cultural and community organizations to help broaden the scope of the event. A percentage of the event’s sales also will be donated to MOCA on behalf of the MOCA Contemporaries. The event organizers forecast this year’s event to be even larger and more well received and are expecting upwards of 5,000 people to pass through over the weekend.

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Environmentaland

Environmentaland is the world’s first interactive environmental hybrid theme park and museum, located in Los Angeles at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Presented by Global Inheritance in conjunction with FUEL TV. In Environmentaland you’ll be able to play desert mini golf, participate in a recycled paper plane toss, test your taste buds in the organic challenge, tour the eco-planetarium, design your own mini recycling bin, generate power in the energy playground featuring the energy seesaw, Pearl Jam hand crank listening station, bike powered light box competition, and more. GLOBAL INHERITANCE has previously featured a number of exhibits at the Coachella Music & Art Festival including Portal Potties, Alternative Energy Golf Carts and TRASHed::Art of Recycling.

Environmentaland is located at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, CA.

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Update: Sticker Kit Print

Holly and Dave from Peel has sent me this update about the event. Apparently it went over well besides the downpour of rain. The print is now sold out, Thanks everyone for supporting.

-Shepard

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Baader Meinhof Print

Studio Number One presents a screen print created by graphic designer Cleon Peterson.

You can buy this print from Subliminal Projects here.

About THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX: The children of the Nazi generation have grown up in the devastation their parents created. They vowed fascism would never rule again. In their fight for freedom they lost themselves in the cause and ignited a revolution around the world that continues to resonate today. Meet the original faces of terrorism, the Baader Meinhof Group, in this Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated film based on the true story of the Red Army Faction. Directed by Uli Edel (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN). Produced by Bernd Eichinger (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN and DOWNFALL).

The trailer and a list of screenings can be viewed at: http://baadermeinhofmovie.com/.

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EUROPEAN INVASION PART TWO

During the European invasion there was not a lot of sleep, but PLENTY of art and music. Thanks to my assistants Nic and Z for helping out and John Furlong, Pierre, and Simon Holmes for lending a hand as well. Here are some flicks.

-Shepard

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