HOPE Poster Artist Facing Jail Time



Shepherd Fairey, the Obama Hope poster artist, is facing jail time for ripping up documents related to a misdemeanor conviction.

Since creating the poster, he has had a series of problems, mostly of his own making.

In 2009 he tagged two buildings with graffiti and was arrested.

He also had a copyright violation for modeling his HOPE poster after an AP photo which Fairey admitted he used. The AP wanted compensation. The Obama camp said they were aware that the photo was used and it was never licensed. That case was settled amicably.

A second copyright case with artist Dina Douglass further hurt his reputation and when he ripped up documents and fabricated evidence in relation to the case, he put the prosecutors in the position of having to request jail time.

He has sent pleading letters to the judge requesting no jail time.

He could also be fined up to $3.2 million by the judge. [thesmokinggun]

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Sara Noble

Sara Noble

Sara Noble, B.A. English Literature, St. John's University; M.S. Education, M.A. Administration, Hofstra University. World traveler. Worked with children as a teacher and school administrator for three decades. Published in educational journals, children's mystery magazines, and was an editor at This Week Magazine. I am devoted to an America that promotes free enterprise and ingenuity, values the Constitution as intended, and does not encourage a nanny state under the casuistic banner of "the common good".