Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey sentenced in contempt case

The Los Angeles street artist received two years of probation and a $25,000 fine for tampering with evidence in a copyright case

Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster, was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $25,000 Friday for tampering with evidence in a copyright battle over the image featured on the poster.

The poster became one of the most recognizable images of the 2008 presidential campaign. But the Associated Press (AP) claimed that the image that Fairey used on his poster was based on one of the news agency’s photos of then-Senator Obama. Fairey preemptively sued the AP in 2009, claiming that he had used another photo that fell under the “fair use” doctrine.

Alanna Byrne

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