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Zimmerman Continues to Be a Horrible Person; Mocks Prosecutor w/Painting, Faces More Legal Troubles
The Source ^ | January 26, 2014 | April Dawn

Posted on 01/26/2014 2:34:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

George Zimmerman continues to be an attention starved horrible human being.

Zimmerman has continued to keep himself in the public eye since being acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin–and now he wants us to know that even he thinks the justice system is a joke.

Just a month ago, in between run ins with the police, Zimmerman decided he fancied himself a painter and sold a painting on eBay.

It was an American flag, with the words “God One Nation with Liberty and Justice For All.”

It sold for $100,099.99.

His follow up painting is even more appalling, classless, and utterly tasteless.

The painting depicts Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, pinching her fingers together, at the press conference when she announced the long awaited charges against George Zimmerman.

The painting is a direct copy of a photo belonging to the AP, taken by Rick Wilson, a freelancer.

Zimmerman’s plagiarized painting is rather ironic for someone who was so concerned about stealing that he confronted, shot, and killed an unarmed teenager. Plagiarism is, after all, stealing.

Zimmerman further had the audacity to add the taunting quote “I have this much respect for the American judicial system – Angie C.”

Continuing to taunt, as if he & Corey are best friends and he can call her by a nickname, he’s titled the painting “Angie.”

The art world is unamused, as I’m sure is Angela Corey.

Jason Edward Kaufman, a contributing editor at Art+Auction, said the painting looks like a “bloodbath.”

Andrew Russeth, art critic for the New York Observer, pegged the paintings as a “desperate cry for attention.”

An art critic for the Village Voice, Christian Viveros-Faune, said Zimmerman’s work fits right in with other “murderabilia,” comparing his works to paintings done by cult leader Charles Manson and serial killer John Wayne Gacy. (Except I’ll bet that even John Wayne Gacy and Charles Manson were above plagiarizing paintings.)

The AP and photographer Rick Wilson are also highly unamused. They’ve threatened legal action against Zimmerman, who seems to be the only one deriving any sort of amusement from this.

Zimmerman tweeted that he wasn’t worried and revealed his plans to sue the AP, saying that whatever the APhis suit of them is over. (No one seems to have any idea what he’s talking about; he probably doesn’t even know himself.)

The AP’s threat is very real–it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve had to take legal action for similar situations.

Artist Shephard Fairey was taken to court in 2012 over using an AP photo for the Obama “Hope” posters. Fairey was found guilty.

Paul Colford, a spokesperson for the AP, told politico.com:

“George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. The AP has sent a cease-and-desist letter asserting its copyright in the photo to the lawyer who recently represented Mr. Zimmerman. That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr. Zimmerman, she will be forwarding the letter to him today.”

“You just can’t do that. You just can’t take somebody else’s work and make it your own,” Rick Wilson told the Orlando Sentinel.

Wilson, the photographer, has retained a lawyer and said Zimmerman can expect action taken in conjunction with the AP if he continues to use the image.

The painting has not yet been listed on eBay, but tweets by George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman, suggest that they plan to sell the painting privately.

I also hope they’re planning for court, but I guess once you get away with murder, plagiarism seems like child’s play.


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I don't recall Campbell's Soup suing Andy Warhol. Sounds like George Zimmerman is winning this fight, despite April's scurrilous article. Oh, by-the-way April, Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy were convicted of murder, unlike Mr. Zimmerman. Right?
1 posted on 01/26/2014 2:34:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know Zimmerman’s character in detail, but on its own, that painting of the FL AG is pretty funny!


2 posted on 01/26/2014 2:37:35 PM PST by PGR88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

April is full of rage against a guy who defended himself from being killed by a violent criminal.

Yep, she’s a liberal.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 2:38:25 PM PST by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: PGR88

He is NOT a hero, but he did paint a funny picture.


4 posted on 01/26/2014 2:41:30 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: PGR88

I don’t know him either, but one this for sure is that he is fighting back as best he can. I would be pissed too if I were him.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 2:42:22 PM PST by WHBates
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To: PGR88
Zimmerman Continues to Be a Horrible Person; Mocks Prosecutor w/Painting

I think someone needs to call the waaaahmbulance!

6 posted on 01/26/2014 2:44:03 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s got all the right people tee’d off. Funny to see the art critics with their panties in a bunch, those hypocrite pigs.

He’d better be careful with the copyright situation though.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 2:46:48 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dear April Dawn

You and the occupation media are both horrible and evil human beings. There will be a reckoning.

Detesting everything about your essence,

PA Engineer
8 posted on 01/26/2014 2:47:28 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PGR88

I didn’t know making a painting of a picture was plagiarism. I wouldn’t have thought that.


9 posted on 01/26/2014 2:48:45 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many liberal artists over the years have painted variations of “Guerrillero Heroico” - that iconic painting from a photograph of Marxist Che Guevara? I don’t think any of them ever got sued but then again, they “appropriated” the art for liberal causes so I guess that’s different.


10 posted on 01/26/2014 2:51:28 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary continues to be a great American……………………..huh?


11 posted on 01/26/2014 2:51:46 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: TheDon

Nothing like that ever happened to a photo of Bush or Sarah Palin, of course...../s


12 posted on 01/26/2014 2:51:50 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: PA Engineer
"You and the occupation media are both horrible and evil human beings. There will be a reckoning. Detesting everything about your essence,..."

I couldn't have expressed my own feelings better.

13 posted on 01/26/2014 2:52:08 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This whole story was a COMPLETE non-starter but for the politically-driven LibTards in FL.

Let’s look at some Police Blotters for, oh, ANY day of the year, and I’ll bet you’ll find a similar situation playing out in SOME ‘gated community.’

Thanks, Media! Thanks ‘April Dawn.’ Pretty sure they will not REST until this man is dead, too. Like a dog on a bone, they are! *SPIT*


14 posted on 01/26/2014 2:53:13 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Marcella
Indeed...Suppose, suppose...I type a paragraph out of a book that someone wrote recently....

Even though the medium is different, it's still someone else's work. You need permission at the least.

15 posted on 01/26/2014 2:53:32 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe the first picture George did was also from another source.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 2:54:48 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

April, being ignorant and stupid is a bad way to slog through life. But you deserve it. /spit


17 posted on 01/26/2014 2:55:06 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
An art critic for the Village Voice, Christian Viveros-Faune, said Zimmerman’s work fits right in with other “murderabilia,”

Zimmerman should sue Christian Viveros-Faune for slander for this statement, and sue April Dawn for repeating it.

18 posted on 01/26/2014 2:55:20 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: TheDon

St. Skittles was a lowlife who would have been shot deead sooner or later. Fortunately for us, it was sooner, before he could sire a litter of future criminals.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 2:57:23 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One thing for certain is that the msm vermin have a Palinesque hatred for George Zimmerman. So it’s impossible to tell what’s actually true about him.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 2:57:59 PM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have no idea who April Dawn is or what The Source is. Is she famous or something?
21 posted on 01/26/2014 2:58:28 PM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All you have to do is call it a rendition. I have Picasso’s hanging all over my house. Since I can’t afford one I just copy it and have it framed. As long as you don’t advertise it as an original you should be OK.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 3:03:32 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Hardastarboard

George Zimmerman will be like a Powerball winner when the dust settles. No wonder his girlfriend wants him back, she can smell the Benjamins.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 3:03:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: sockmonkey

Doubtful.


24 posted on 01/26/2014 3:04:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Okay, I googled her, and still don't know who she is, but I see she is a contributor to Vixen Magazine, of which I am not familiar.

From linkedin:
Her work is regularly featured in VIBE/VIBE Vixen Magazine, and The Source magazine.

25 posted on 01/26/2014 3:04:40 PM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: Doc Savage

Where is that from?


26 posted on 01/26/2014 3:05:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Sacajaweau; Marcella
Indeed...Suppose, suppose...I type a paragraph out of a book that someone wrote recently.... Even though the medium is different, it's still someone else's work. You need permission at the least.

GZ may or may not need permission. Most FR posts take excerpts from copyright material. This is conditionally legal - and the source can sometimes but not always change the conditions by complaining. The doctrine is called fair use, and the rules can get quite complicated. Using a small excerpt for the purpose of commentary is generally permitted unless the copyright holder specifies otherwise. parody has even broader rules with less recourse for the copyright holder, and Zimmerman may win under freedom of expression, since he modified copyright work for the purpose of political commentary, which is the application with the loosest restrictions on fair use. Only the courts can answer this question in this case, but I think it's on the borderline with a slight edge for GZ.

27 posted on 01/26/2014 3:11:04 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Yardstick

” Funny to see the art critics with their panties in a bunch, those hypocrite pigs.”

Today, “Art” can be a booger, with a hair in it!


28 posted on 01/26/2014 3:15:23 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is nonsense. One of the tests of whether you have violated a copyright is whether your production is "transformative." The Supreme Court defined two tests:

1. Has the material you have taken from the original work been transformed by adding new expression or meaning?

2. Was value added to the original by creating new information, new aesthetics, new insights, and understandings?

If it is parody - and this certainly is - then it is given broad latitude. And then there is the issue that Zimmerman is engaging in political speech which is the most hallowed of protected activities.

Like Warhol's Campbell Soup painting, Zimmerman's work is certainly transformative.

I won't enter the debate on artistic merit. It is irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

29 posted on 01/26/2014 3:16:36 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: Pollster1
I think it's on the borderline with a slight edge for GZ.

See my post above. I think it is safely across a clear bright line.

30 posted on 01/26/2014 3:18:01 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: Pollster1

I think George is going to lose royally.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 3:21:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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32 posted on 01/26/2014 3:25:22 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is not a copy of their photo. Several things were changed. The cobalt blue curtains in the photo background, gone in his painting. The alizarin red dress, gone in painting, replaced with a yellow ocher, orange under painting, topped and textured with carmine red. The face is turned into a caricature due to the harsh and heavy rendering.

Let’s put it this way, even if Zim does have to pay for using that photo, in the end, it will become worth it. Now, the painting has been advertised for free around the world. Good for Zim. I do wonder, what are his relatives doing for income, can they now show their faces in public again? Shellie is likely shopping for a Victoria Secrets dress to wear when she tries to win Zim’s ‘love’ (I.e. income from paintings) back. Those don’t ususally come in her size though.


33 posted on 01/26/2014 3:27:37 PM PST by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From Zimmermans' Tweet...

"Or... I could put out how much U offered me 2.."

I find that to be the most interesting part of this article.

34 posted on 01/26/2014 3:30:08 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Indeed. Sounds like he’s holding a lot of cards.


35 posted on 01/26/2014 3:31:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: lee martell

Yeah, but Shepard Fairey took the AP photo of Obama and removed the background, made it surreal with red and blue coloration, gave it obvious political meaning with the word “HOPE” — yet was still nailed for copyright infringement.


36 posted on 01/26/2014 3:35:12 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

>>He’d better be careful with the copyright situation though.<<

Parody is protected by the First Amendment. See the case of Roy Orbison vs 2 Live Crew over the song “Pretty Woman.” The author of this piece could hardly be more stupid.


37 posted on 01/26/2014 3:39:42 PM PST by KAESNO2
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To: sockmonkey
"I have no idea who April Dawn is or what The Source is. Is she famous or something?"

A porn actress, from the sound of it.

38 posted on 01/26/2014 3:40:14 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Yardstick

Because of Fairey, is why I added that even if Zim is guilty of infringement, it will still be worth it. Shepherd Fairey will always be famous (or infamous) for that iconic painting. He owns that image forever, just as Zim now OWNS this new version of Angie, it has been ‘etched in our minds’, as John Kerry would say. That notch or public insult to Angie will always be on Georges belt, as a point that was made clear. In his painting, Angie seems to be lecturing from the pits of hell!


39 posted on 01/26/2014 3:43:20 PM PST by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Could be he wanted AP to come after him. He flushed them out and got them to put him in the news which gives him the microphone to talk about what they did to him.


40 posted on 01/26/2014 3:44:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!


41 posted on 01/26/2014 3:44:44 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: TigersEye

Naw, he ain’t that smart, dawg! /s


42 posted on 01/26/2014 3:47:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Help me out here, everybody . . . why doesn’t this fall under the lib exemption: “truth to power?”


43 posted on 01/26/2014 3:50:17 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL You’re right. No one could outsmart those commie geniuses.


44 posted on 01/26/2014 3:50:41 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Yardstick

And then Fairey turned around and sued other artists who aped his artwork.

So, I’m not surprised that Zimmerman is getting hit with this.


45 posted on 01/26/2014 3:56:49 PM PST by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: RandallFlagg

#classyname


46 posted on 01/26/2014 3:57:23 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Sacajaweau

how does the AP know George wasn’t looking at a tv press conference and not the AP photo.

Also, GZ saw this woman so often he knows her ugly face.

George is an exonerated, acquitted first victim of the Knockout game. George is gonna be rich because the TV networks intruded in his life, he wasn’t seeking fame, and since he wasn’t a celebrity, he can sue the CRAP out of them for doctoring photos, and the 911 audio tapes.

I believe in the end George will get even to the tune of 7 figures, and if he is smart he can go incognito and live rent free the rest of his life on his investments.

The media turned this man’s beat-down into him being made into a homeless, jobless person, even his extended family has to live in fear of people like you who won’t let the acquitted many live in peace. I hope Angela Corey winds up in jail like Mike Nifong is.


47 posted on 01/26/2014 3:58:23 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: lee martell

“it has been ‘etched in our minds’, as John Kerry would say.”

“Seared”, was actually John Kerry’s word. He used it to describe his memory of an event that never happened. The make-believe/made-up event was “seared, seared” into his memory.

“In his painting, Angie seems to be lecturing from the pits of hell!”

Best description I’ve seen yet. Props.


48 posted on 01/26/2014 4:01:03 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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“I guess once you get away with murder, plagiarism seems like child’s play.”

Can GZ sue this low-rent outfit for libel?


49 posted on 01/26/2014 4:04:15 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("America is the greatest country on Earth and we intend to change that" - Barack Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That prosecutor NEEDS MOCKING.

Nothing “horrible” about THAT!


50 posted on 01/26/2014 4:11:00 PM PST by G Larry
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