False Hope: Obama “HOPE” Artist Admits To Scam
Talk about poetic justice. The artist that created the original Obama "HOPE" poster has admitted to carrying out something of a scam, all the while carrying on a suit against the AP based upon a false and ultimately intentionally misleading claim.
Oh no! You mean after all this time and celebration, the "HOPE" the American people thought they were buying when it came to Obama wasn't real? I'm shocked, just shocked I tell you. If we can't believe in Obama's "HOPE," what is it we can believe in at all anymore?
I am so without "HOPE" right now, you simply wouldn't believe it! heh! How kind of the AP lawyers to allow this news to come out on a weekend!! Maybe there is really hope left somewhere in all this mess even now – hope for Obama, that is, thanks to a willfully compliant press and justice system at this point, if nothing else.
NEW YORK (AP) – The artist who designed the famous Barack Obama "HOPE" poster has admitted he didn't use the Associated Press photo he originally said his work was based on but instead used a picture the news organization has claimed was his source.
"Mr. Fairey was apparently mistaken about the photograph he used when his original complaint for declaratory relief was filed on February 9, 2009," the papers say. "After the original complaint was filed, Mr. Fairey realized his mistake. Instead of acknowledging that mistake, Mr. Fairey attempted to delete the electronic files he had used in creating the illustration at issue. He also created, and delivered to his counsel for production, new documents to make it appear as though he had used the Clooney photograph as his reference."
Fairey sued the not-for-profit news cooperative in February, arguing that he didn't violate copyright law because he dramatically changed the image. The AP countersued in March, saying the uncredited, uncompensated use of an AP photo violated copyright laws and signaled a threat to journalism.
Fairey's attorneys, led by Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University, have informed the AP that they are withdrawing.
It was unclear whether Fairey would continue with his case. Although he said he was "very sorry to have hurt and disappointed colleagues, friends, and family," he added that the real issue was "the right to fair use" so artists can create freely.