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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

Letter from the editor

Hope. The word has become a crucial part of an iconic symbol from the recent election. Every US citizen knows the Warhol-style poster with President Obama’s face looking off into the distance with the word “hope” in all caps below. The poster became a vital force behind Obama’s campaign and original copies of the painting are now being auctioned off, some for as much as $180,000. However, the money Shepard Fairey, artist of the painting, earned from the auction will soon belong to the Associated Press (AP) if the news network gets its way.

Fairey’s “Hope” is modeled after a picture taken by the AP of Obama in a similar pose. Now, after the poster’s popularity has reached epidemic proportions across the globe, AP is filing a lawsuit, claiming the rights to the poster and demanding a portion of the profit. Fairey has refused, and rightly so.

Here’s a similar, but more relatable situation for you: You’re hanging out with you friends when you decide to videotape yourselves, doing parkour or goofing off or whatever. That night you go home, edit the video and put in some background music from your favorite artist. You post your little video on Youtube and Facebook to share with your friends, but in the process the video goes viral and it suddenly gets a lot of attention from bloggers, surfers, websites, even the press. Now people want to buy your video or your services and you’re just happy to get some dough for gas or college or that new iPod. And then the phone call comes. You’re being sued by the artist whose music you used for copyright infringement.

Technically you’re a criminal, facing criminal charges for a harmless video of your friends for which you received no profit originally. Now, the question is, should you be? My answer: absolutely not.
There is this little thing called the “Fair Use Act” which should protect Fairey. Fair Use protects citizens from being unjustly persecuted for basing off or using pieces of a work for educational or nonprofit purposes. However, even the US Copyright Office sees the line between Fair Use and Copyright Infringement as “unclear.” Many look at the product under consideration and try to determine if it is a changed product, with specific influence from the creator, or if is a copy with little difference between the original and the new product. Obviously, Fairey’s poster was not a copy, or else the AP would have known that the product was based on their picture, without Fairey having to tell them. If you want to get picky about it, then every artist who bases their work of something else must be sued; everything from Andy Warhol’s “10 Marilyns” – based on a picture of Marilyn Monroe – to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” – based on a scene in the Bible – is up for lawsuit grabs.

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Fair Use should be used to protect a person’s artistic influence. Humans are just not original; everything we create is inspired by something else. Fairey’s painting is not the AP’s work, but merely inspired by it, and no artist should be punished for their inspiration, or else there would be no art.

What this whole lawsuit, and the majority of all lawsuits, boils down to is money.  The AP had no problem with Fairey’s work, until he started receiving money for his work. Then the corporate greed took over. Notice how the AP is not telling Fairey to cancel production of his work, but instead demanding cuts from his profits. If they were really upset about the damage done by basing a piece of art off of their picture, they wouldn’t allow Fairey to continue making his paintings at all. No. It’s all about the money. And if we don’t stand up for our right to be inspired, then there is no hope for Fairey; there is no hope for any of us.

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