BOSTON (AP) -- The artist who created the ''Hope'' poster of President Barack Obama was sentenced to two years of probation Friday after pleading guilty to three vandalism charges. Prosecutors dropped 11 other charges.
Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty in Boston Municipal Court to one charge of defacing property and two charges of wanton destruction of property under $250, all misdemeanors.
The 39-year-old Los Angeles street artist, who became famous for plastering his posters and stickers throughout cities, must pay $2,000 to a graffiti removal organization and cannot possess tagging materials -- such as stickers or paste -- in Boston except for authorized art installations. He also must tell officials when he plans to visit Suffolk County, where Boston is located.
''I think that people should be responsible about sharing their art, and that's not a transition or an evolution of my philosophy,'' Fairey said outside court.
Asked by Anonymous at 8:19 AM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
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Answer by LoriKeet at 8:34 AM on Jul. 11, 2009
Saying he knows the laws that are in place. He has committed this crime numerous time before. He could have used legal outlets and yet he still did it HIS way anyway? He encouraged the viral spread of the 'art' he allegedly stole from an Associated Press Photo? Yup... He's a DOPE! :o)
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:02 AM on Jul. 11, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Jul. 11, 2009
Hrmmmm, I would to take this opportunity and interject the facts of the case in order to better evaluate your statement anon....
He has made millions from his art that was stolen from copyrighted photos and it all started with breaking the law when he admitted he had perfectly good legal outlets to express himself.. I for one think he is an inspiration to those who hope to be dopes and think THEY are above the law and want to be prosecuted...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:29 AM on Jul. 11, 2009
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