Here’s a new installment in the long saga of AP’s copyright infringement suit against artist Shepard Fairey, creator of the Obama “Hope” poster. Fairey has plead guilty to a federal criminal charge for destroying documents, falsifying evidence “and other misconduct” in his civil litigation with Associated Press two years ago, the US District Attorney in Manhattan has announced.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 16. Fairey faces a maximum of six months in prison, and fines of $5,000 or more.
The full news story, including excerpts from the US Attorney’s statement on Fairey’s plea, is now on PDNOnline.
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