The artist Shepard Fairey, who created the original “Hope” poster for 2009 Obama campaign, was fined $25,000 for using the image of an Associated Press (AP) photograph.
Originally the AP began negotiations for compensation, but Fairey sued for a declaratory judgment that his poster was a fair use of the photograph. They all settled out of court in January 2011, but in February 2012, Fairey pleaded guilty to destroying and fabricating evidence showing that he had used the photograph.
In September 2011, he was not only fined the $25,000, Fairey was sentenced to two years of probation and 300 hours of community service.
To this day the poster continues to be imitated, satirized and memed. In 2021, Joe Biden has been the most ridiculed person on mocked images.
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