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Shepard Fairey, the man behind President Obama’s ‘Hope’ poster from 2008, received a sentencing of 2 years probation from a judge in the Southern District of New York yesterday for using the 2006 Obama photo from the Associated Press.

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According to the LA Times, Shepard could have received a maximum of 6 months in prison after he admitted that he destroyed documents and submitted false pictures during his legal case with the website.

The Associated Press accused the graphic artist of copy infringement, even though he claims that his art was under laws of fair-use.

Shepard has been fined $25,000 along with his probation after pleading guilty to criminal contempt back in February.

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In a statement released yesterday, he said in a statement that he is looking forward “to finally putting this episode behind me.”

Do you guys think Shepard’s sentencing is fair?


Photo credit: Associated Press

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