Even in copyright, the cover up can be worse than the offense.
Street artist Shepard Fairey, responsible for the iconic “HOPE” poster that became a sensation of the 2008 campaign, plead guilty to one count of criminal contempt in a copyright infringement case brought against him by the Associated Press.
The AP claimed that it owned the photo on which Fairey’s work was based, but before the case was brought to trial, Fairey settled with the news org. A big reason may have been because he admitted destroying evidence and submitting false images in the legal tangle, something that he calls a “terrible mistake,” according to Courthouse News Service.
He faces up to six months in prison and a $250,000 fine, and sentencing is scheduled for July 16.