Artist of Obama “HOPE” poster sentenced

Shepard Fairey, the artist of the iconic Obama “HOPE” poster, was sentenced this morning for copyright infringement in connection to the poster itself. He received two years probation and was ordered to serve 300 hours of community service.

According to an Associated Press report:

The government had said in a presentence memorandum that Fairey, 42, should serve some time for destroying documents and fabricating others in a civil lawsuit he brought against The Associated Press in 2009. No prison term, it said, would send a “terrible message” to others who might engage in similar conduct.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a prepared statement: “After spending a great amount of time, energy and legal effort, all of us at The Associated Press are glad this matter is finally behind us.” He continues, “ We hope this case will serve as a clear reminder to all of the importance of fair compensation for those who gather and produce original news content.

 

Read the full Associated Press report here.

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