Getty Images legal rep “appalled” at use of its photo by hate preacher Ken Adkins
Pastor Ken Adkins

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massurBrunswick, Georgia, minister Ken Adkins has routinely libeled pro-HRO public figures, using various pornographic and libelous memes on social media.

He’s had a great run, crowing about how this or that image is going to “shut down Facebook.”

Now, in a turn of events that may strike some as ironic, Getty Images may shut down Adkins for unauthorized usage of their image.

Ben Weaver, a local Democratic activist popularly known as Ben America, reached out to Getty, concerned that one of theirScreenshot_2016-01-15-10-55-24 images was being used as a “background image in an ad by anti-equality activists.”

The ad depicts pastors Lorenzo Hall and R.L. Gundy, “sold to the homosexual community and Massur Jimmy,” a reference to local LGBT activist Jimmy Midyette.

It turned out Getty was likewise concerned about the unauthorized use of its intellectual property.

We spoke with Heather Cameron of Getty’s legal department. She described it as a “threshold issue” and she was “concerned” about that use of the content.

There are questions of “fair use” involved. However, there’s also the matter of intellectual property. And Getty is very clear about its licensing requirements.

A corollary issue: The photographer, John Moore, has won awards for his work domestically and abroad.

A question to ponder: Would he want his work used in this way?

“Am I appalled? Of course,” Cameron said.

“Are we going to look into it? Absolutely.”

Adkins also has posted pornographic images involving Councilman Tommy Hazouri, describing the former mayor as “the Antichrist,” and using vulgar language and memes to attack Hazouri as well.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski



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