Tragedy in Tucson

Feb 14, 2011 6:09 PM

Green family responds to potential lawsuit over Christina's picture

TUCSON -- A photo of the youngest victim in the January 8th shooting is at the center of an ever-growing controversy. For many of you, the picture of Christina-Taylor Green, sparked heartfelt emotion of this horrible tragedy.

The photo given to News 4 the night of the shooting by Christina's parents was originally taken by Tucson Photographer Jon Wolf. He is now threatening to sue KVOA News 4 and other members of the media saying the use of the photo violates his copyright.

At 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, the Green family issued a statement to News 4 regarding this potential lawsuit:

"Jon Wolf, as we have painfully learned, showed poor taste in his choice to litigate over the usage of his photograph of our little girl Christina-Taylor Green. Our intent was not to allow others to profit from the Jon Wolf image but to allow the media to portray our daughter in the best light possible and to tell her story. It is unfortunate that he has chosen to litigate over the use of his photograph at this time, or at all, in light of the fact that our family is still mourning and grieving the loss of our daughter." The Green Family

Since news of the potential lawsuit broke, local blogs have lit up sparking comments on both sides of this issue.

We tried contacting Jon Wolf at his studio late this afternoon. The person answering the phone said he was out of the office today.

Late last week on his blog, he didn't address the potential lawsuit, what he did say was "...we are currently raising funds through the use of her portrait to be donated to a Tucson charity." He doesn't specify how those funds will be raised.

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