Man Says He Legally Owns Sarah Palin's Face
So, as he did with other big television events that he hoped would draw customers into his restaurant, Sheridan put a note about it on his restaurant's web site. For this occasion, he Googled a little bit, found what appeared to be official portraits for the governor and the senator, and downloaded them. Then, Sheridan inserted them onto his web site, along with details about the October 2 debate. [...]
On September 13, 2010, Sheridan received a letter from an attorney representing a company claiming that Sheridan's web site stole their photograph of Palin, and they wanted him to pay for it.
"A copyright holder is entitled to seek statuary damages up to $30,000 per infringement as well as statutory damages of not less than $2,500 or more than $25,000 per falsification of copyright management information, in addition to attorney's fees and costs," the letter said.
There is nothing "official" in Sarah Palin's Alaska. There are only people pretending to be professional until they can find a sleazy way to cash it all in. Anyway, the next time a gross old Teabagger "derivatives" this photograph of Palin by jerking off to it, he will be required to give this photographer 30% of the semen off the top. [WNYC]