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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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46.

Charles    

So now anytime someone holds two guns (no matter how different they are from this painting) that means that they copied this? You cant copyright a pose, morons. The guns are different, the clothing is different, the style is different, their race is different. The only thing similar is the pose. And like I already said: You CANT copyright a pose.

571 days ago
47.

Freshlycrown3d    

Just a similar pose ,that is how you hold to two guns and wear a hat people try to get money for anything

571 days ago
48.

Tammyg    

First, the artist wasn't copyright trolling. This was brought to his attention by a third party who was familiar with Mr. Leonard's work -- when the third party saw the "Justified picture" he was instantly taken by the similarity and alerted Mr. Leonard.

Second, he doesn't need the money or the publicity. He has enough of both. Obviously his talent speaks for itself.

Lastly, I am not an artist -- however, I understand a little something about living what you love. I also get the risk of losing it all to the hands of someone with more money and more power -- like Hollywood. I encourage you to do your research on the Artist and what he stands for and represents. This isn't a guy out on a publicity stunt - this is a TRUE artist who has spent his entire life perfecting his style and his art. He has EARNED his reputation as not only a talented artist but as a respectable, honest, and good businessman.

I don't know the specific details of this case - but I can assure you this is NOT an issue of money. This is an issue of Artists being treated fairly. This is an issue of being accountable. This is an issue of standing up for what is right.

571 days ago
49.

Gilby    

Fred Allen should sue them both...
http://www.otrcat.com/z/fred-allen-cowboy.jpg

566 days ago
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