AP Threatens Legal Action Over George Zimmerman's New Painting

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AP Threatens Legal Action Over George Zimmerman's New Painting



The Huffington Post | By Katherine Fung
Posted: 01/24/2014

George Zimmerman may be in legal trouble again, this time over his latest painting.

The painting, unveiled earlier this week, depicts Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. It closely resembles an AP photo of Corey taken at a press conference in April 2012 — something the news organization is taking action against.


AP spokesperson Paul Colford confirmed in a statement to Talking Points Memo and ANIMAL New York that the AP has sent Zimmerman a cease-and-desist letter. "George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey," he said in the statement.

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 That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr.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

Rick Wilson, the photographer who took the image for the AP, has also retained legal representation.

Wilson's lawyer John Phillips told the Orlando Sentinel that he sent Zimmerman another cease-and-desist letter, and that if Zimmerman tries to sell the painting, his client is prepared, "in conjunction with the AP, to file suit against him."

On Thursday, Zimmerman's brother Robert tweeted that there have been offers made for painting and that "all options, [including] affordable prints" are being considered. A previous painting by Zimmerman sold for $100,099.99 on eBay.

AP Threatens Legal Action Over George Zimmerman's New Painting

George's painting teacher taught his how to use a projector.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...rman-painter-lawsuit-20140124,0,7170803.story

Evidently both his teacher and George don't know about copyright violation or stealing someone else's work.
 
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good grief

This guy can't go away
Oh it gets better and better.



Zimmerman put a previous painting up for auction on eBay. The winning bid was $100,099.99, though it remains unconfirmed whether he was paid that sum.

"I was shocked it didn't sell for a million dollars," said Sonksen, Zimmerman's art teacher.

The new painting is an image of Corey gesturing with her fingers and thumb together, under the words "I have this much respect for the American judicial system."

Zimmerman's brother Robert did not respond to a request for comment Friday. In July, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murder in the 2012 Sanford shooting.


Attorney: George Zimmerman stole photographer's work to make painting - Orlando Sentinel
 

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good grief

This guy can't go away
Oh it gets better and better.



Zimmerman put a previous painting up for auction on eBay. The winning bid was $100,099.99, though it remains unconfirmed whether he was paid that sum.

"I was shocked it didn't sell for a million dollars," said Sonksen, Zimmerman's art teacher.

The new painting is an image of Corey gesturing with her fingers and thumb together, under the words "I have this much respect for the American judicial system."

Zimmerman's brother Robert did not respond to a request for comment Friday. In July, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murder in the 2012 Sanford shooting.


Attorney: George Zimmerman stole photographer's work to make painting - Orlando Sentinel
Don't worry dear.
All it takes is a few changes from the original art work to make the new art work not in violation of copyright.
George has done just that.
This one will sell for half a million.
"Art is what people buy".
 

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good grief

This guy can't go away
Oh it gets better and better.



Zimmerman put a previous painting up for auction on eBay. The winning bid was $100,099.99, though it remains unconfirmed whether he was paid that sum.

"I was shocked it didn't sell for a million dollars," said Sonksen, Zimmerman's art teacher.

The new painting is an image of Corey gesturing with her fingers and thumb together, under the words "I have this much respect for the American judicial system."

Zimmerman's brother Robert did not respond to a request for comment Friday. In July, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murder in the 2012 Sanford shooting.


Attorney: George Zimmerman stole photographer's work to make painting - Orlando Sentinel
Don't worry dear.
All it takes is a few changes from the original art work to make the new art work not in violation of copyright.
George has done just that.
This one will sell for half a million.
"Art is what people buy".
Nope. Not true.
 

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Zimmerman stopped a future crime spree, he should be treated as a hero
 

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Zimmerman stopped a future crime spree, he should be treated as a hero
We need about 100,000 more just like him. Clean up the streets and have a lot of new paintings to boot.
 

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