Artist Shepard Fairey gets probation in Barack Obama 'Hope' poster copyright case

shepard-fairey-hope.jpgStreet artist Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years' probation today (Sept. 7) in a criminal contempt case involving the iconic "Hope" posters he created during President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

A New York court also slapped him with a $25,000 fine and 300 hours of community service.

The Associated Press, whose photograph of then-senator Obama was used by Fairey for his print, reached an out-of-court settlement with the artist last year after accusing him of copyright infringement.

Fairey's sentencing today follows his February guilty plea on charges of destroying and manufacturing evidence relating to the AP suit.

In March, Fairey made a cameo on a street-art themed episode of "The Simpsons."

In a statement following his sentencing today, Fairey said:

"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."

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