Shepard Fairey Faces up to 6 Months in Jail For Obama Poster

By - March 7th, 2012

Shepard Fairey Faces up to 6 Months in Jail For Obama Poster

Street artist Shepard Fairey plead guilty two weeks ago to criminal contempt and word is out that he could now face up to 6 months in jail. Fairey admitted to officials that he falsified documents to cover up that he had in fact used an Associated Press photo as the foundation for his viral Hope poster featuring Barack Obama after initially stating the photo he used was from a non-AP owned source. The copyright infringement part of this case between Fairey and the Associated Press has been settled behind closed doors, but U.S. Attorneys at the Justice Department aren’t ready to close the case just yet. In fact, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara claims that Fairey, “went to extreme lengths to obtain an unfair and illegal advantage in his civil litigation, creating fake documents and destroying others in an effort to subvert the civil discovery process.” In short, they claim that Fairey used his vast digital media resources and other efforts to hide the truth from Federal investigators before eventually admitting his fault, which amounts to charges of contempt under Federal law. Fairey plead guilty to these charges and U.S. Attorneys intend on seeking “some term of imprisonment at sentencing.” via: 12ozProphet

Shepard Fairey Faces up to 6 Months in Jail For Obama Poster

6 comments
Julio
Julio

They are obviously after money; that's why they re so interested in such a thing

Sandee
Sandee

Come on now...this is "art" there are so many other things to worry about..let's get control of our "over crowed jail's with real murder's" where is the death penalty !!!!!!! California is waiting money on all the idot's in jail...we would have more money if we would stop giving monies to other countries...this kid did not break the law !! He is a artist !!!

ray
ray

If art is a crime. May God forgive me!!

noname
noname

the American repressive system has really nothing else to do besides focusing on a great artist that did something good with this picture , go hunt drug dealers, prostitute traffickers, guns dealers , child rapist and leave the artists alone ...what a bunch of dumb dumb...6 month of jail !! he should get a thanks you from the president not 6 moth in jail

fucknames
fucknames

you for real? don't they have anything better to do?