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Evidence Ordered Released in Shepard Fairey ‘HOPE’ Case

NEW YORK (AP).- Lawyers for artist Shepard Fairey must disclose the identities of anyone who deleted or destroyed records related to a copyright dispute over the Barack Obama “HOPE” image, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled in favor of The Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey’s lawyers first knew the AP had asserted that it holds the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. He said lawyers must disclose relevant documents that were deleted or destroyed from Fairey’s files and when the deletions or destruction occurred. Hellerstein further said the lawyers must disclose the identities of anyone who tampered with or destroyed records, commanded and supervised the acts or was told about them. An attorney for Fairey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling. Dale Cendali, a lawyer for