Karen Ocamb

Shepard Fairey Faces Jail Over Iconic Obama Poster

Filed By Karen Ocamb | February 27, 2012 1:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Obama Hope Poster, Pleads Guilty, Shepard Fairey, West Hollywood

Shepard-Fairey.jpgLos Angeles artist and LGBT ally Shepard Fairey plead guilty Friday in the criminal case involving his iconic "Hope" poster for the Obama election campaign. Fairey also designed the official Inauguration. Per the LA Times:

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.

Street artist Shepard Fairey at the West Hollywood Library (Photo by Karen Ocamb)

"The AP hopes that some good may come of this, by alerting judges and parties to the possibility that spoliation may exist," said AP president and CEO Tom Curley, MediaBistro reported.

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Fairey's iconic Obama 'Hope' poster used for the Obama Inauguration

Fairey, meanwhile, will appear as a "guest star" on the Simpsons TV show on March 4. The episode involves Bart going undercover as a street artist where he runs into Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal, all of whom are also guest starring as themselves.

Fairey, who created an famous "Love Unites" poster for the post-Prop 8 protests, was commissioned by the City of West Hollywood to create murals for the new library.


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