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Shepard Fairey Sentenced to Two Years Probation for AP Photo Case

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.”

The 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.”

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Drew Barrymore’s Wine Business Off to a Golden Start

Have you caught up to Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio yet? The 2011 vintage recently won a gold medal at France’s prestigious Challenge International du Vin and continues to generate a healthy pour of media coverage, most recently in the LA Times and Angeleno magazine.

The Golden Globe winning actress engaged in a familiar development curve for this project, but gets to attach a price tag that is higher than a 3D movie ticket. From Barrymore’s Angeleno Q&A with Lesley McKenzie:

“I’ve always loved Pinot Grigio when I’m drinking white [and] I’ve always loved Italian wines. When I came across this one, I was thoughtful about the process, but I really fell in love with it. And I really want to be in love with things or I’m terrible at explaining why I want anything to do with them.”

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Shepard Fairey Aims to Give Hollywood Entrepreneurs Hope

There’s an interesting private event being held tonight at io/LA, a brand new digital incubator located in the heart of Hollywood.  Through “Discussion: Tech and Art,” Shepard Fairey, Sebastian Copeland and several others will share their thoughts about the dynamic possibilities to be pursued at the intersection of these two realms.

Per an article in The Hollywood Reporter by Daniel Miller, the incubator and monthly-membership workspace – officially launched in April by Myspace co-founder Aber Whitcomb, actor Chris Gartin and actor-producer Donovan Leitch – has about 50 paying members so far. The trio also plans to separately invest $500,000 in 25 companies, all of whom will get a reserved spot at the company’s open-concept collaboration environment. Io/LA’s location just down the sidewalk from the Hollywood Roosevelt is a key foundation block:

Leitch and Gartin told The Hollywood Reporter that io/LA’s location in the heart of Hollywood sets the company apart from other incubators and co-working companies that have cropped up in and around Santa Monica. The founders say that their personal networks and an eclectic membership will help the companies io/LA incubates and the members who use the facility forge business relationships and dream up new ideas. “It is all about the convergence of tech and entertainment and aligning storytellers with technologists,” said Leitch, the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Donovan.

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Shepard Fairey Facing Jail Time in Obama Poster Case

Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey — best known for his 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” poster — faces up to six months in prison after pleading guilty Friday to criminal contempt in New York City.

Fairey was convicted of destroying documents, manufacturing evidence and other misconduct in association with his civil litigation against the Associated Press over a unlicensed image of Obama.

While the AP and Fairey settled their copyright case in 2011, the 42-year-old created fake documents and tried to delete several electronic documents, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara noted in a statement.

“The AP hopes that some good may come of this, by alerting judges and parties to the possibility that spoliation may exist,” said AP president and CEO Tom Curley.

Stealing is bad. Lying is worse.

Shepard Fairey’s TIME Magazine Cover Features Occupy LA Protester

Legendary street artist Shepard Fairey designed the “Person of the Year” cover of TIME magazine, but he had some help. The image of the protester was based on a picture taken by local photojournalist Ted Soqui. Unlike the Obama poster debacle, ths photo was fully licensed for use in Fairey’s artwork.

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Heroes & Villains Book Party Tonight at LAUNCH LA

The new coffee table book Heroes & Villains features portraits of more than 100 of the most innovative underground artists working today, many of them Los Angeles residents. Six years in the making by photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho, the book will be celebrated tonight at LAUNCH LA in Miracle Mile.

Local talents featured in the book include Robert Williams, founder of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, graphic novelist Tom Neely, sculptor and animator Liz McGrath, the controversial Shepard Fairey, Sylvia Ji, Natalia Fabia, Mark Ryden, and Camille Rose Garcia. Worth going just to eyeball the talent.

The LA Weekly has a nice write-up of the book, and a slideshow of some of the portraits.

Event starts at 7, more details at the LAUNCH LA website.

Shepard Fairey On Getting Beaten Up in Copenhagen

LA street artist Shepard Fairey was beaten up in Copenhagen, Denmark over the weekend by several men calling him an “Obama illuminati.” Fairey tells the backstory and blogs about the experience on his Obey website. He says the incident started shortly after an after-party for the grand unveiling of a new mural.

On the way out, a kid, maybe 19 or 20 started yelling at me “Obama illuminati, fuck you, go back to America”. It was more obnoxious than intimidating, so I stopped to talk to him. I unthreateningly asked him why he was saying that stuff to me, and what his problem with me was. He just said “YOU HAVE THE PROBLEM” and did the chest shove every visitor to a playground has experienced. Then as he raised his fists I was clocked from the side by someone I never saw. The next thing you know I’m being attacked by at least 3 guys and Romeo jumps in to help me. It was crowded, and people tried to pull everyone apart which somehow left Romeo being ganged up on by a couple guys, so I had to jump back in to help him, while I was being punched and kneed by people behind me.

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Vanity Fair and MOCA Team Up for West Hollywood Mural Project

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Vanity Fair has teamed up with MOCA–with cash from Cadillac–to commission murals from Shepard Fairey, Retna (a.k.a. Marquis Lewis), and Kenny Scharf to grace the walls of the new West Hollywood Library. The murals are already done, and you can check Retna’s here if you want. But the formal unveiling will be on October 12. David LaChapelle will photograph the murals for a Vanity Fair Cadillac advertorial in its November issue.

Funny. All that coordination to get murals from three guys who like to creep around at night and GIVE their art away.

Anywho, press release after the jump:

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The AP and Shepard Fairey’s OBEY Clothing Settle Copyright Suit

The Associated Press announced today that they have reached a settlement with Obey Clothing over merchandise sold with the disputed image of Barack Obama from Shepard Fairey‘s HOPE poster. The artist Fairey reached a separate settlement with the AP in January.

The financial details of the settlement are confidential, but what is clear is that the AP will get a cut of merchandise sales in the future. The AP press release explains:

Pursuant to that agreement, the AP and Obey Clothing will collaborate to create and sell apparel using Shepard Fairey’s graphics based on photographs owned by the AP.

No reason to kill a cash cow.

Hold On A Sec: AP Still Fighting Over Shepard Fairey ‘Hope’ Pic

So now that Shepard Fairey and the AP came together and announced a settlement this week over Fairey’s Obama “Hope” poster–mutually agreeing to cash in together on future revenue from the art–the whole issue is dropped, right?

Nope.

THR Esq.‘s Eriq Gardner writes that the battle over the “Hope” image is far from over. Still unresolved is the matter of whether Fairey’s artistic rendering of the AP image is considered “fair use.” While Fairey no longer has to deal with the issue, licensees who made money selling “Hope” posters and t-shirts are still on the AP‘s legal radar.

Gardner explains:

Even as AP was coming to resolution with Fairey himself, the media organization was continuing to pursue claims against the companies that licensed the “HOPE” image — directly or indirectly — from Fairey. Just a few days before a judge in the case dismissed AP’s claims against Fairey as the result of a settlement, the AP filed a motion for summary judgment against those licensees, who allegedly made millions of dollars in t-shirt sales adorned with the “HOPE” image.

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