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'Justified' Producers

Accused of Ripping Off

Western Artist

12/30/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Justified" producers are under fire from an artist who claims they ripped off one of his paintings for their promotional art ... and now, he's demanding they ditch the ads -- OR ELSE.

Attorney Keith Davidson fired off a cease and desist letter on behalf of artist Gabe Leonard ... accusing FX Networks -- which produces the hit show -- of copying his original piece "Double Fist" in its ads for the new season.

The letter cites several similarities -- rugged U.S. Marshals, pistols drawn, hats tipped, color schemes -- and concludes its a clear case of copyright infringement.

FYI -- "Double Fist" had been posted on Leonard's website 3 year prior to the unveiling of FX's promotional art.

FX says "no comment"-- but we gotta ask ...

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16.

Marvin the Martian    

Obviously the only one with the right to sue is yosemite sam.

574 days ago
17.

Miki    

This pose has been in several old western flicks, so if they owe anyone it would be Clint Eastwood.

574 days ago
18.

sunnyjazzislove    

Maybe they ripped it off or maybe this artist is just trying to get notoriety. I think this is where the saying, "It's all been done" comes into play.

574 days ago
19.

Artist    

If anyone is a rip off, it would be Gabe Leonard ripping off Ernie Barnes

574 days ago
20.

Applehead    

Love the way you cover the lead with text.

574 days ago
21.

Realist    

So let me get this straight......you're gonna sue FX for putting out a poster of one of the most iconic poses for gunslingers in history because you happened to have drew a pretty picture in the same pose? That you obviously stole from someone else? That makes sense. Idiot.

574 days ago
22.

Reality Check    

I agree that I have seen this stance in plenty of westerns before. It is going to be hard to get the judge to agree that this is a copyright infringement.

574 days ago
23.

LISA    

It may have been an inspiration, but the original art was obviously an inspiration of a very common pose also. Even if it was a copy, shouldn't he just be flattered? Greedy greedy greedy!

574 days ago
24.

BellaBoo    

That's not a unique or even very creative image. They need to get over it and STFU.

574 days ago
25.

Rolf Yngve    

Probably can't get paid, but it's clearly inspired by Davidson's image.

574 days ago
26.

Scary    

I did a quickie image search and found maybe five other images in the same pose and with a hat - that pose has obviously occurred to other people. Also, the color schemes are not the same (at least in the images shown) - one is mostly a duotone, while the other uses a bunch of colors. The only really similar thing is that they're both US Marshals using that pose.

574 days ago
27.

Pigweed    

Kill all lawyers!

574 days ago
28.

Marc    

This is pointless. That image bears almost no resemblance. Colour palette? No. Shape of man? No. Style of man? No. Type of guns? No. Ok so... The only similarity is that it's a close up of a man pointing two guns? Yeah well, that might be hard to copyright. Let's hope no one copyrights sitting on the toilet to take a dump or we're all in trouble. AT MOST the image is an homage. In that case, be flattered chuckles. Lawyers are the living worst.

574 days ago
29.

Tryst    

In the art world, this is called intellectual property theft, i.e., theft of concept & structure.

he has a case.

574 days ago
30.

HungWang    

So I see this ad on a bus and I'm like that is Gabe Leonard's work. I know this because I own one of his pieces and have been a fan sense I first saw him at Venice beach. The people that voted no, you are DEAD wrong. This is no question a rip off. Go to his site and look for yourself, he has been around for years and as usual Hollywood thinks they can do whatever they want.

574 days ago
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