Just in time for the next election, artist Shepard Fairey was sentenced last week to two years’ probation and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine in relation to his copyright infringement case for using an Associated Press photo as inspiration for his Hope poster of then Senator Barack Obama. Read about the sentence and the case at LATimes.com. The article makes it appear that Fairey was sentenced for criminal contempt – not for the copyright infringement.
Do you think the punishment fit the “crime”. Was Fairey in the wrong using the imagery from the AP? Sound off in the comments section below.