Attorney for Photographer Rick Wilson Says George Zimmerman Stole Cleints Work to Make Painting of State Attorney Angela Corey (Copyright Violation)
RUT-ROH, Looks like George Zimmerman may be in trouble again.
According to Jacksonville attorney John Phillips, who represents photographer Rick Wilson, George Zimmerman committed a copyright violation of his clients photo of State Attorney Angela Corey. The AP owns the rights to the photo. AP has sent George Zimmerman a cease-and-desist letter for the use of this photo. AP spokesman Paul Colford stated said that Zimmerman, “clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney. Zimmerman planned on selling this paining on line as he did his previous one did on eBay, with a winning bid of $100,099.99.
The new painting is an image of Corey gesturing with her finger and thumb together, under the words “I have this much respect for the American judicial system.” The painting is titled “Angie,” Robert Zimmerman Jr. tweeted Wednesday.
Following the trial,Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz said George Zimmerman special prosecutor Angela Corey should be disbarred and her conduct bordered on criminal conduct. Zimmerman’s defense attorneys did not have very many kind words for the prosecution either. Looks like Zimmerman wanted to get even with a completely unflattering painting.
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From The Orlando Sentinel:
A photographer and news agency whose picture of State Attorney Angela Corey appears to be the basis for George Zimmerman’s latest painting are calling the artwork a clear copyright violation.
Jacksonville attorney John Phillips, who represents photographer Rick Wilson, told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday that Zimmerman should expect legal action if he continues to use the photo.
“You just can’t do that,” Phillips said. “You just can’t take somebody else’s work and make it your own.”
Wilson said he took the photograph as a freelancer for The Associated Press, and he said AP owns its copyright.
Zimmerman’s use of his photo for profit “to me crosses a line,” Wilson said. “He’s trying to profit and pass off, basically, a photograph as his own original artwork.”
In a statement Friday, AP spokesman Paul Colford confirmed the news network has sent Zimmerman a cease-and-desist letter.
Zimmerman “clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey,” Colford said.
$100,000 for a Zimmerman paint by the numbers painting, ARE YOU SERIOUS? That might be criminal as well.