Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere sue after engagement pic used in Colorado hate mailers
|Targeted Senator Jean White.|
"[The photo] represents my long term relationship with my best friend, my partner, and now husband -- the love we share and obstacles we have overcome. It is a reminder of the happiness I felt the day he proposed to me and of the excitement I had throughout our engagement. It represents hope and it represents love. Or at least it did... Now I see it faded and brown with a big red, blood-emulating slash across our bodies. It cuts us in half just below our hearts. How do I feel? I'm in shock and I'm angry and I'm hurt and I'm flabbergasted and I'm livid."Photographer Hill also expressed displeasure on her own blog. That item reads:"Brian, a client and good friend, called me last night to share his discovery that one of the images I had taken during their engagement session had been stolen, digitally manipulated and reproduced in a campaign targeting a senator for her vote in support of a bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions. When I heard this, a range of emotions flooded through me. When I actually saw the image, my heart dropped.... It fuels me as a photographer to know that these images will be cherished. That they will hang on walls, be passed around at gatherings, put in albums, and that someday maybe children and grandchildren will display these moments in their own homes. To see an image, taken with that intent being used in the way it was used is heartbreaking for me."
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado, asks for monetary damages and profits for Hill, as well as compensatory damages for Edwards and Privitere "for the dignitary, reputational, proprietary, and mental harms that they have suffered as a result of PAUS's conduct alleged herein."
A side note: The two candidates targeted by the attack mailers lost.
Here's the lawsuit:
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