Hope Gets its Day in Court

Shepard Fairey appears in Boston court

The street artist who created the "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama has appeared in court in Boston on a graffiti charge dating to 2000.
Shepard Fairey has earlier pleaded not guilty and had no comment as he left Brighton District Court. The judge set another pretrial conference for April 14.

Fairey was arrested in 2000 after police allegedly saw him pasting a poster on an electrical box. He was arrested last month on a warrant from that complaint and a new graffiti charge for which he is due in Roxbury District Court on Wednesday. Fairey has done similar pieces across San Francisco including a mural outside the Hotel des Arts. His iconic Obama hope posters and his Obey posters can be seen all over the city.

The 38-year-old Los Angeles resident also recently filed suit against The Associated Press asking a judge to find that his use of an AP picture in creating the Obama poster did not violate copyright law. The AP wants credit and compensation.

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