Did Shepard Fairey do anything wrong when he took an image of Obama off the Internet and turned it into an abstract work of art that became the ubiquitous “Hope” campaign poster? Now in a legal battle with the Associated Press, who claims it owns the original Obama photo, Fairey comes to the New York Public Library for what should be a fascinating panel discussion on the question: “What is the future for art and ideas in an age when practically anything can be copied, pasted, downloaded, sampled, and re-imagined?” Joining him are Lawrence Lessig, a leading legal scholar on intellectual property issues in the Internet age, and cultural historian Steven Johnson, whose new book, The Invention of Air, claims that remix culture goes all the way back to America’s founding fathers—should we sue them too, AP?

Thu., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., 2009