Obama Photo Used Illegally on Billboard

We’re on a roll with controversial advertisements today. New York garment company Weatherproof has gotten the attention of the White House after illegally using a photograph of President Obama’s visit to the Great Wall of China on a billboard in New York City (41st St. and 7th Ave.)

While Weatherproof did pay the licensing fees to use the image from the The Associated Press, they didn’t ask for permission from the White House, which has a pretty strict policy of not allowing the President’s image to be used for commercial purposes.

It all started when the company’s president Freddie Stollmack recognized the coat in the photo, and had it confirmed by examining a high resolution version. After having an advertisement containing the image rejected by a few of NYC’s top newspapers, the company installed the billboard advertisement two days ago.

Since then, the White House has in fact contacted the company about the ad, and the company has agreed to take the ad down but — get this — in two weeks. In the end, Weatherproof is likely the big winner, having succeeded in generating a buzz with this publicity stunt.

(via A Photo Editor)

Image credit: Photograph by Brechtbug and used with permission.

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  • Bergur

    I want one of those coats!

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  • Bergur

    I want one of those coats!

  • Bergur

    I want one of those coats!

  • brenda rivera

    Its a great shot of him and he makes the jacket look good!

  • Mike

    Ha! Smart. If nothing else, the pub is great for them!

  • Ranger 9

    “Weatherproof is likely the big winner, having succeeded in generating a buzz…”

    Yep, they've succeeded in making themselves nationally known as pushy jerks.

    Obamadulators are going to shun them for commercializing their beloved Pres, and anti-Obaminators naturally aren't going to want to wear the same jacket THAT MAN wears!

  • jackmackenna

    This is pretty funny, considering that the “HOPE” image by Shepherd Fairy that was used all over the Obama campaign was an illegally TRACED image.
    Politician's hypocrisy never ends, does it?

  • Nick Johnson

    I agree! in addition to the billboard itself, the media coverage is by far the best free advertising. Two weeks? that's funny! Good for them

  • Adam

    What happened to free speech?