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US Election Updates - September 8, 2012

Obama Hope poster artist Shepard Fairey fined

The artist who created the Hope poster featuring President Barack Obama has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $25,000 in a criminal contempt case.

In February, Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty to destroying documents and fabricating evidence in his legal battle with Associated Press (AP).

He had based his poster on an AP photo but later attempted to conceal the evidence.

Fairey was spared a jail sentence but must complete 300 hours of community service.

The Los Angeles-based artist sued AP in 2009 after he was accused of infringing copyright laws by reproducing their image of Barack Obama without crediting the news agency.

He sought a court declaration saying he had not violated the copyright and that his use of the image came under fair-use laws.

The case was settled out of court with Fairey agreeing to pay an undisclosed amount of compensation.

The two parties agreed to share the rights and produce posters and merchandise bearing the Hope image.

However, a criminal case was then brought against Fairey on a charge of criminal contempt after he tried to hide evidence in relation to his use of the image.