Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years probation and 300 hours of community service for fabricating documents in his lawsuit against the Associated Press, which rightfully claimed Fairey had used one of their photos for his iconic “Obama Hope” poster. Fairey has since apologized for the incident, claiming it was the “worst mistake of his life.”
defense prosecution asked for jail time for Fairey, while Fairey’s lawyers argued that his offenses were misdemeanors.
“After spending a great amount of time, energy and legal effort, all of us at The Associated Press are glad this matter is finally behind us,” said Gary Pruitt, the AP’s president and CEO, in a statement. “We hope this case will serve as a clear reminder to all of the importance of fair compensation for those who gather and produce original news content.”