Fairey story: Obama’s HOPE artist faces prison
SHEPARD Fairey was once one of the world’s most famous artists. His Barack Obama “HOPE” poster was all over the world. Now he faces prison:
The street artist Shepard Fairey, whose “Hope” campaign poster of Barack Obama became an enduring symbol of his last presidential campaign, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge stemming from his misconduct in trying to bolster claims in a lawsuit over which photograph had been used as a basis for the poster.
Mr. Fairey, 42, sued The Associated Press in 2009 after it contended he had infringed on the copyright of one of its photographs in creating the poster.
Now you mention it, there is a vague similarity
Mr. Fairey had claimed in his suit that he had used a different photograph of Mr. Obama, but later admitted that he had been mistaken and had tried to conceal his mistake, by destroying documents and fabricating others.
“I was ashamed that I had done these things, and I knew I should have corrected my actions,” he said on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Fairey faces up to six months choky. That picture did lot to make Obama’s campaign swing. Now the Obama-led Government is going to send Fairey to prison. How;s that for gratitude..?
** FILE ** In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses for a picture with his Barack Obama Hope artwork in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Prosecutors in Boston have dropped 14 vandalism charges against Fairey, 39, who created the "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama. But the Suffolk District Attorney's office said Tuesday, June 2, 2009 that it is leaving open the possibility of prosecuting Shepard Fairey on 13 other pending cases in Boston. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)