Art and Design Spec Work Debate: What is Obama Thinking?

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The 2012 Obama Campaign has launched a contest for a new poster that speaks to re-election and the president’s “job plan.” Artists are super irritated, since the winner will relinquish rights to the material and will not be compensated. What does lack of payment for services rendered say about the “job plan” on the whole?? I particularly enjoy Shepard Fairey’s bit at the end of the article ab0ut how his idea with the “hope” poster was that ideally Obama would repay him with solid reform in the White House. This time around, I’m thinking artists are not as hopeful. Read at the Huffington Post.


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