Artist Behind Obama 'HOPE' Poster Pleads Guilty
Friday, February 24, 2012
The artist who created President Barack Obama's famous "HOPE" campaign poster pleaded guilty to criminal contempt on Friday in New York City.
Shepard Fairey, 42, faces a maximum term of six months in prison and a maximum term of supervised release of one year. He could also face a monetary fine.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that Fairey "went to extreme lengths to obtain an unfair and illegal advantage in his civil litigation, creating fake documents and destroying others in an effort to subvert the civil discovery process."
The case against Fairey started after he admitted that he had fabricated information in a lawsuit he brought against The Associated Press in 2009. In that case, he had sought a court declaration that he did not violate AP's copyrights when he used an AP photo of Obama as a reference of the image in the poster. The AP countersued saying the uncredited, uncompensated use of the picture did violate copyright laws. That case was settled last year.
Fairey, who lives in Los Angeles, will be sentenced on July 16.
With the Associated Press