Skip to comments.AP serves George Zimmerman with a cease-and-desist order....
Posted on 01/24/2014 7:30:49 PM PST by Uncle Chip
after he 'stole' their photographer's image for his latest painting
George Zimmerman's recent foray into the art world hasn't exactly earned him much critical praise. But it's definitely garnered him some attention - so much so that it could potentially get him sued by one of the largest news-wire services on earth.
For his latest painting, the man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin has painted a portrait of Florida State Attorney General Angela Corey, who is the woman who decided to charge Zimmerman with murder in Martin's death.
The problem for Zimmerman, however, is that the photo he used as the basis for his painting is owned by the Associated Press, and the wire service doesn't appear too keen on the idea of letting Zimmerman use it free of charge.
The photo was taken at a press conference Corey held in April of 2012 by AP photographer Rick Wilson. Now, both Wilson and the AP have taken action to prevent Zimmerman from using the image.
'George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey,' AP spokesman Paul Colford said in the statement to ANIMAL New York.
'The AP has sent a cease-and-desist letter asserting its copyright in the photo to the lawyer who recently represented Zimmerman. That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr. Zimmerman, she will be forwarding the letter to him today.'
Wilson also has hired an attorney, John Phillips, who confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that Wilson is prepared, 'in conjunction with the AP, to file suit against him.'
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Warning: you now can be sued for drawing something
this is getting more and more ridiculous
Florida State Attorney General Angela Corey?
What a disgusting POS.
He should have put a pigs nose on her.
Hard to believe people like her are given power and authority.
I'm sure they're filing lawsuits against all the Zero sycophants for copying their "Zero with a Halo" photos they always seem to be taking.
imagine the NUMBER of lawsuits against andy warhol if this attitude had existed some decades ago.
he have died in debtors prison.
im no big warhol fan by the way
AP can naturally go to the lowest level of hell. But still, I can’t see why Zimmerman can’t wrap his head around the idea of laying low. he’s gonna be nailed to the wall everytime he gets so much as a parking ticket. Maybe he should give going off the grid a shot.
The photo is copyrighted, the subject is not. He is not using the photo. He painted a depiction. If I paint a Ford F150, am I infringing on Ford’s patents?
This is crazy AP crap.
Didn’t the guy who created the Che Obama poster use a copyrighted image?
Fair political use.
After seeing her, Stand Your Ground.
Holy cow! The Catholic Church needs to sue the AP!!!
Hey ‘Uncle Chip’ ....How does a rendition of a photograph violate a copyright.....its not like he reproduced the label of your can of soup.....now that would be ...Wrong.
You can’t paint Elvis on velvet.
The AP must be mistaken. In the picture they took Angie is wearing her necklace with a cross.
This must be a different picture — different day — or maybe a different Angie.
After sitting through a lengthy trial and seeing her right there in the courtroom for weeks I would think her face would be burned in his memory. That is obviously what he painted her from memory.
This isn’t about cowardice, it is a manner of basic survival instinct. Zimmerman had not been acting intelligently at all since the trail; getting in a domestic abuse dispute was about one of the dumbest things he could possibly conceive of. The fact that the chosen source of massive race baiting hysteria is someone with a highly limited at best amount of situational awareness. It essentially allows the race card players to even further extend their credit limit.
A drawn picture is not a copy AP IDIOTS!
Yes, and he was sued as well.
How do they know Z wasn’t watching TV?
He can’t get a job; he’s in debt and needs $. He’s trying to make an income via painting. He just needs someone to explain the rules of copyrighted photographs to him, and he’d be okay.
Now why did Andy Warhol get sued but they want to sue George for the same thing?
Elvis is copyrighted. But Corey isn’t.
Has NBC made a definite offer? I thought they were still fighting it.
A lot of artists, professional and amateur, have gotten into legal and financial trouble by using reference photos without permission of the photographer. Copyright law states that a photographer has the rights to his own photographic images. They can and do sue if you use the image without getting permission and/or paying for the use. This is not specific to Zimmerman, though his own fame no doubt drew the attention of the AP photographer in a way a person who wasn't a public figure might not have done.
No joke, I know a woman who painted a picture of a horse and submitted it to a contest. Someone else suggested that she had used his photo as her reference. The contest organizers correctly made her prove that she had used a different reference photo as the basis of her painting and had gotten the legal right to it.
the writer of the article needs to make a correction.
Corey is NOT Florida Attorney General. Pam Biondi is.
It would seem that the copyright of the image belongs to the horse (even in the case of Corey).
this is protected under freedom of speech, unless it’s a perfect rendition
Maybe he’s gotten used to being in the spotlight and wants to stay there?
How did Andy Warhol deal with such things, I wonder. Did he obtain rights?
I’d tell AP to piss off, that it was drawn from memory. Let them try to prove it wasn’t...
They sued Shepard Fairey over the famous Obama image on the same grounds, saying he based it on their photo. They cut a deal to share the profits from Fairey’s work, and you just know they’ll be happy to make a good deal with GZ /s
And I’m sure the ACLU will be on the case, helping defend one’s right to freedom of expression...
When he gets his Kel-Tec back, he should put it up for auction.
“When he gets his Kel-Tec back, he should put it up for auction.”
If Ebay wd even let him list it. Beck tried to sell some item, I forget what, submerged in fake urine, and Ebay pulled it pretty quickly. The management is liberal, from what I’ve been able to discern.
Zimmerman likes to paint, and if his first painting [also copied from a photo] is any indication, there’s a market for his work. He just needs to learn the laws of copyrighted photos and start doing more original art.
I guess the ap idiots think the pics you draw of anything they print they own.INSANITY!
It’s not ridiculous. He clearly copied the likeness from the copyrighted image onto his photo. It might be considered a derivative work, but it’s not his original image. The original image belongs to the AP. If he’d just posted it on his Facebook page, I’m sure nothing would happen, but when it gets lots of publicity and he’s trying to sell it for $100,000, then they’re going to take notice.
>> What if he painted her from memory? The AP needs to prove he didn’t.
I think AP needs to prove that the image they claim he copied is theirs exclusively. It’s not. The image/video was also broadcast by numerous companies. Also, she habitually makes the same gesture so Z could very well have draw it from memory.
He’s still a folk hero in my book. AP has no chance as this has been covered by the courts since time began. I could see they may have a case if he was selling lithographs but even then if it’s iconic enough and with significant artistic representations he’s in the clear there too.
He should sue them for using pictures of him.
I wish him well and at this point believe he’s simply being harassed by evil forces of rage and hate.
he should call it satire, that would make it legally allowable.
did you know that if you lovingly produce an episode of Star Trek that is a serious attempt to be Trek, you aren’t allowed to make a dime. But if its all funny and poking fun at Star Trek, then it is allowable.
Kind of strange, really.
The rules are there. More like he needs a good attorney. This isn’t new legal territory. It’s been well covered over the years. At the same time the AP photographer was taking his picture, dozens of other news agencies where filming it and have the contextually identical picture. If the picture was used editorially, then Zimmerman has even a stronger case because then it would have been presented to the public contextually as opinion.
News is a whole different beast than say a macro photographer that catches a stunning picture of nature.
I slept at Holiday Inn last night so I’m pretty sure I’m right.
I have a friend who is a painter. She said if a photo is copyrighted, you can’t paint the image per se and call it an original/sell it. Otoh, if you use the photo as inspiration but make at least seven significant changes, the painting is considered original and you can do anything you want w it.
Zimmerman’s painting is too much like the copyrighted photo—almost identical to it overall. He should have made sufficient changes to call it his own. He really does need a lawyer helping him out w this. It won’t be hard to do, once he gets the hang of it.
He added words. More than seven.
The image itself is still identical to the copyrighted image. It’s the image he needed to modify, not the caption/text.