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 That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr.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!