Judge: Party T-shirt doesn't violate copyright. Flee-bagger dem fromChicago loses kooksoot.

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  1. MADISON, Wis. — A T-shirt featuring an image of Madison Mayor
    Paul Soglin and the phrase "Sorry for Partying" qualifies as
    political criticism and does not violate a photographer's
    copyright, a federal judge has ruled.

    The T-shirt was created by the apparel company Sconnie Nation
    and Underground Printing-Wisconsin, and was for sale at an
    annual end-of-the-school-year party that draws hundreds of
    University of Wisconsin-Madison students.

    When Soglin was a UW-Madison student, he was arrested at the
    precursor of the party in 1969 for protesting the Vietnam War.
    But he has supported ending the event, called the Mifflin Street
    Block Party, because of excessive drinking in recent years,
    according to the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1bDdExV

    Photographer Michael Kienitz shot Soglin's official portrait and
    claimed in a 2012 lawsuit that use of it on the T-shirt violated
    his copyright. Kienitz has been a longtime supporter of Soglin
    and objected to having his work used to mock the mayor.

    But Judge Stephen Crocker ruled Thursday that the T-shirt
    qualified as political criticism and constituted fair use of the

    Sconnie Nation and Underground Printing-Wisconsin "employed this
    photograph for the diametric purposes of sophomoric humor and
    political critique," Crocker wrote, adding they "used Kienitz's
    photograph as raw material to create something entirely new with
    a different aesthetic, message and meaning."

    About 160 of the T-shirts were sold. They feature a
    monochromatic image of Soglin in neon green, framed by the words
    "Sorry For Partying."

    Sconnie Nation co-founder Troy Vosseller said the ruling was "a
    win for free speech."


    Lincoln Farts, Sep 2, 2013
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