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Shepard Fairey Gets 2 Years' Probation in Obama 'Hope' Poster Case

The Echo Park-based artist will also pay a $25,000 fine in a criminal contempt case tied to to his unauthorized use of an Associated Press photo.

It may be the last chapter in a series of lawsuits and criminal actions involving Echo Park's sometimes street artist Shepard Fairey.

The New York Times and other media outlets are reporting that Fairey was sentenced to two years probation Friday and hit with a $25,000 fine in a New York federal court.

Fairey pleaded guilty early this year to criminal contempt charges tied to his tampering with evidence that showed he did not have legal permission to use an Associated Press image to make his Obama "Hope" poster.

Fairey had separately settled a civil lawsuit with Associated Press in the past.

Fairey hasn't been seen much this year in Echo Park.

He's been busy with high-profile projects like retooling the Rolling Stones' lips logo for their 50th anniversary tour.

Fairey has been accused of selling out, though we did see him at a .

But some argue that a criminal conviction is helping him keep his street cred.

What do you think? Tell us in comments.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/shepard-fairey-gets-probation-in-obama-hope-poster-case-20120907#ixzz25oZPK0fE

klesb September 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM
After all of this, what is is net? He deserves a good payment, and there are always overhead costs!
Riley September 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Overhead costs for copyright infringement?

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