It looks like George Zimmerman didn’t learn from his first round of painting plagiarism. After copying a stock photo of the American flag for the debut piece of art that fetched $100,000 on eBay, Zimmerman has done again, only this time with a photo by Associated Press photographer Rick Wilson.
Here’s Zimmerman’s painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, which his former lawyer Mark O’Mara recently called “cute”:
And here is the photo taken by the AP’s Wilson, on which it was so clearly based:
“George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey,” AP spokesman Paul Colford told the Orlando Sentinel in a statement Friday.
Wilson’s lawyer John Phillips told the paper, “”If you’ve seen the two photos, it’s identical. You just can’t do that. You just can’t take somebody else’s work and make it your own.” If Zimmerman attempts to sell the painting as he did with his previous work, the lawyer added, “the next step would be to, in conjunction with the AP, to file suit against him.”
The AP has been down this road before, most memorably with the far more accomplished artist Shepard Fairey, who used an AP photo for his iconic “Hope” image of Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign. He was ultimately sentenced to two years of probation and fined $25,000 for destroying evidence related to his civil lawsuit surrounding the piece.
[photo via AP]
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