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Death Cab For Cutie Collab With Obama Hope Artist Shepard Fairey On New Video!

Things are really happening for Obama HOPE artist Shepard Fairey!

Back in January, not only did Shepard settle a lawsuit with the Associated Press, but AP agreed to work with him while moving forward with plans for the Barack Obama HOPE image.

THEN, Fairey helped deface/enhance a self-portrait of Stephen Colbert, which sold for $26,000!

Now, Shepard Fairey has used his street art skills in Death Cab for Cutie's Home is a Fire music video (above).

Things are def looking up for Shepard! Should be inneresting to see who he collaborates with next!

What do U think of Shepard Fairey's contribution to Death Cab's new video? Impressed?

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The AP Sues The Hope Out Of Nordstrom & Urban Outfitters

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Here we go again.

Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters have found themselves in a legal battle with the Associated Press and it's all over a picture of Barack Obama.

The AP claims in each lawsuit that both retailers "had engaged in willful and blatant violation of the AP's copyright to a photograph that artist Shepard Fairey's HOPE image was based on.".

For those not keeping tabs, Shepard was also sued by the AP for using the picture without permission, but eventually settled out of court earlier this year.

Urban Outfitters wouldn't comment, but Nordstrom said: "We're aware of the lawsuit and are reaching out to our vendor to determine next steps".

The Associate Press HOPES to receive unspecified damages from all involved.

[Image via AP Images.]

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The Vatican Told Priests NOT To Report Child Abuse! Boo!!!!!

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This is seriously disturbing news.

According to a 1997 letter, the Vatican warned Catholic bishops in Ireland NOT to report suspected cases of child abuse to police.

The letter was "obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press." We're sure the Vatican is overjoyed to hear that AP is in possession of such a document.

Pope John Paul II's Ireland diplomat Archbishop Luciano Storero signed the letter himself, and warned Irish bishops that their policy of "making the reporting of suspected crimes mandatory 'gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature.' "

Yikes! Pret-ty uncomfortable timing for this to come out, especially now that Pope John Paul II is supposed to be on his way to Sainthood.

Here's what director of the Irish chapter of Amnesty International Colm O'Gorman had to say about the letter:

"The letter is of huge international significance, because it shows that the Vatican's intention is to prevent reporting of abuse to criminal authorities. And if that instruction applied here, it applied everywhere."

Thus far, the Vatican has declined to comment, and we can't blame them. We're not sure WHAT they'll say to bounce back from this!

Boo, Vatican! This is BEYOND disappointing.

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AP Settles Dispute With Obama Hope Artist

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The Associated Press has settled the lawsuit against street artist Shepard Fairey, who is known for creating the Barack Obama HOPE image.

AP sued Fairey because they believed he violated their copyright of the original photograph. But they have resolved their differences!

A statement from the media organization reads:

"Mr. Fairey has agreed that he will not use another AP photo in his work without obtaining a license from the AP. The two sides have also agreed to work together going forward with the Hope image and share the rights to make the posters and merchandise bearing the Hope image and to collaborate on a series of images that Fairey will create based on AP photographs."

The financial terms remain confidential.

A federal judge dismissed the AP's complaint on Tuesday at the "suggestion of settlement" between the parties.

We're excited to see the future collaborations between the two!

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Congrats, Betty!

Filed under: Media MinuteInspirationAwardzBetty White

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This woman is unstoppable!

Betty White has been named Entertainer of the Year by the Associated Press!

Here's what she had to say about it:

"It's ridiculous. They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do. It's just been a lovely year, I must admit."

We couldn't agree more, Betty! We're SO proud of you, and we're excited to see what you've got in store for us in 2011.

[Image via WENN.]

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