Using the Shepard Fairey/Barack Obama photo controversy as a premise, MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller poses a question to the design community and the public this week on the Glass House Conversations Web site. Heller asks, “What are the legal and ethical lines in the sand with regard to intellectual property and images? In your experience, what is appropriate appropriation?” Visit glasshouseconversations.org to comment or to read the responses.
The Web site for the Glass House Conversations was put together by six students from the MFA Interaction Design Department earlier this summer, together with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Philip Johnson Glass House. The Web site that extends a series of invitationals held at the Glass House during 2008 and 2009 with cultural, business and educational leaders.