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Art February, 26 2012

Shepard Fairey Enters Guilty Plea in Criminal Case with Associated Press

It looks like the court case between artist Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press surrounding the Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster that Fairey had produced, is not over yet. The Los Angeles Times reports this week that the artist has now entered a guilty plea in the criminal case

“Fairey admitted in 2009 to destroying documents and submitting false images in his legal battle with the AP. The news organization had accused Fairey of improperly using an AP photo of Obama in his “Hope” poster. Fairey claimed that he was covered by fair-use laws.

In 2011, the artist settled his civil case with the AP out of court.

A sentencing date has been set for July 16. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a release that the artist faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a maximum term of supervised release of one year. He also faces a maximum fine of $5,000.”

Incredible how long this has been going on and a real pity that Fairey has to deal with this kind of stuff for producing such an iconic piece of work.

Photography: Los Angeles Times

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