Anorak News | Fairey story: Obama’s HOPE artist faces prison

Fairey story: Obama’s HOPE artist faces prison

by | 25th, February 2012

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..?


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Shepard Fairey, center, leaves federal court with his lawyers Abigail Rosen, left, and Dan Gitner, after he entered a guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. The creator of the Barack Obama "HOPE" poster said he made a "terrible decision" in 2009 to destroy and fabricate documents in a civil lawsuit pertaining to The Associated Press photograph he relied upon to make the poster. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


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