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11:22 PM on 09/08/2012
Just remember, the same Obama Justice Department that recommended that Fairey go to jail for destroying evidence relating to his creation of the Obama HOPE meme is the same damn Justice Department that let the CIA get away w/ impunity after destroying 92 tapes relating to torture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_CIA_interrogation_tapes_destruction.
11:21 PM on 09/08/2012
I guess I don't really understand the difference between what Fairey did and what another artist might do in the way of parody or commentary on a written or performed piece?
02:29 PM on 09/09/2012
I don't know if Fairey argued that the Hope piece was commentary -- I don't recall that being the angle he took -- but he sure could have (and maybe should have) with the addition of the word Hope.
10:48 PM on 09/08/2012
Anything else sends a terrible message to the world?  About what?  I think the world is going to be digesting the message we already sent it for quite some time to come:  That American investment bankers can devastate whole nations through criminal fraud and remain on the A-list for White House galas.
10:32 PM on 09/08/2012
Fairey is a brilliant artists but it's time to grow up sir
08:55 PM on 09/08/2012
The guy also destroyed evidence concerning a legal action in progress which is a big deal.

And no he will not be pardoned, and all the other silly comments that have nothing to do with the case. The story has nothing to do with politics but with property law (intellectual).

obeying the law and maintatining the rights to ones own property seem very conservative values.

The thumb and mind are at the base of human progress.

Is it too difficult to understand someone made something and some one else sold it?

And then tried to cover it up.

Folk hoping to make vicious political comments apparently can't even find the right thread.
11:56 PM on 09/08/2012
So, how is this different from commentary or parody on written and performed pieces?
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KIVPossum
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04:44 AM on 09/09/2012
His work is not any different, and the copyright infringement bit was stupid. But he destroyed evidence and that is a no-no
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Nathan Brittles
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08:25 PM on 09/08/2012
He will cop a pardon from Obama, and that , will be that.
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11:11 PM on 09/08/2012
No, he won't.
06:57 PM on 09/08/2012
This does seem harsh, considering that burning videos of torture sessions gets you an ‘ata-boy and promotion.
08:39 PM on 09/08/2012
This is about the use of an existing image by some one who did not own it.

Content was not part of the case.
05:34 PM on 09/08/2012
Any one who paints a picture of that idiot and plasters hope on it is not only a liar but a idiot too.
06:20 PM on 09/08/2012
I do agree with that statement.
10:30 PM on 09/08/2012
Plebe
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lakota6020
05:23 PM on 09/08/2012
No one seems to have a original thought or idea in the art world of today.
10:29 PM on 09/08/2012
U gotta get out more
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lakota6020
11:00 PM on 09/08/2012
I really wished that I could, is there any new artist out there that I should know about? I mean one with orginal ideas and talent?
04:54 PM on 09/08/2012
This artist should be in jail! Lying and cheating? when where this things good qualities in a person? A classic American Story.
Here are a few examples of Mr. Fairey's damage to other artists:
http://www.thedonutproject.com/inspiration/shepard-fairey-ripped-off-my-picture-first/
http://disobeyfairey.tumblr.com/post/3969561607/obey-propaganda
http://www.boston.com/ae/media/articles/2009/02/05/ap_wants_credit_for_faireys_obama_image
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smp276dp
free us from the craziness
04:48 PM on 09/08/2012
People just need some mental help.
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brrite
Speaking my mind is not a crime.
04:48 PM on 09/08/2012
LOL! I posted on another thread about Huff not having a lot of real journalists . . . it got about thirty likes, and then it was removed. Come on Huff, really?
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Frank Lee Mydear
07:56 AM on 09/09/2012
Really.
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brrite
Speaking my mind is not a crime.
09:23 AM on 09/09/2012
I guess they couldn't take being called out. Whatever. Nobody said this was a neutral board. That proved it for me, lol!
04:11 PM on 09/08/2012
does the poster say dope or nope
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02:42 PM on 09/08/2012
"... a self-made artist who admitted his misconduct immediately."

Copies other's work and covers up until caught.
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Jenna T
you can get cream for that
02:06 PM on 09/08/2012
Anyone else would have been sent to prison.

He got off way way way way way way too easy.

Hope maybe.

Change ?

Not a chance.
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brrite
Speaking my mind is not a crime.
04:40 PM on 09/08/2012
No, you're wrong, sorry. More GOP hate.