September 10, 2012
No Jail Time for Appropriation Art Hero Shepard Fairey.
And we hear a strong mea culpa here. In this morning's New York Times, see "Shepard Fairey Is Fined and Sentenced to Probation in ‘Hope’ Poster Case". Excerpt:
Government prosecutors had argued that Mr. Fairey should serve time for his actions and he faced up to six months in prison. In February he pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge after admitting that he had destroyed documents and fabricated others to try to conceal the fact that he had used a particular Associated Press photograph of Mr. Obama as the source of his well-known “Hope” campaign poster.
After he was sentenced by Judge Frank Maas, a United States magistrate, Mr. Fairey, 42, said in a statement issued on his Web site, “My wrong-headed actions, born out of a moment of fear and embarrassment, have not only been financially and psychologically costly to myself and my family, but also helped to obscure what I was fighting for in the first place — the ability of artists everywhere to be inspired and freely create art without reprisal.”
Posted by JD Hull at September 10, 2012 11:00 PM