The photographer who took a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shirtless on a Tofino beach is taking legal action against the Conservative Party, as she claims they used the photo without her permission.
Vancouver Island Wedding photographer Marnie Recker has filed a cease and desist notice against the federal Conservative Party – after she says they pilfered her photo for use in a series of attack ads.
Recker says the ads turned up on Facebook, Twitter, and the party’s website Monday, depicting a shirtless Trudeau holding a surfboard and a caption questioning his work ethic.
Recker says the photo is copyright protected – and the party cropped her watermark out of it.
Since then, it appears the photo has been removed.
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The photo of Trudeau caught in the background of a wedding procession on a Tofino beach quickly went viral after it surfaced this weekend.
Recker says she understands people sharing the image – but draws the line at a party appropriating it.