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Photog Threatens Copyright Infringement Suit for Unauthorized Use of Ilhan Omar Portrait

A pro-Israel group’s full-page fundraising ad in The Washington Post featured a portrait of Representative Ilhan Omar. Photographer Jason Grow says the portrait was used without his permission. Photographer Jason Grow is demanding payment from an advocacy group that used one of his portraits in a politically charged fundraising ad without permission, and will sue for willful copyright infringement if the group ignores a May 8 deadline, according to his attorney, Andrew D. Epstein. The advocacy group, World Values Network (WVN), allegedly downloaded Grow’s portrait of Representative Ilhan Omar from Facebook, and used the photo in a pro-Israel fundraising campaign without permission. WVN has defended its use of the photo as within its First Amendment rights, and “in accordance with Facebook standards,” according California Globe , the online publication that first reported the dispute. “I think we’re in for a fight,” Epstein tells PDN . Grow shot the photo in early January 2019 for Politico magazine’s “ New Women of Congress ” portfolio. Since then, Omar has made various public statements that her critics have blasted as anti-Semitic. The World Values Network used those comments—and the Omar portrait by Grow—in a full-page Washington Post ad in March to solicit […]

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