Gun-Toting St. Louis Couple Sue UPI Over Photograph

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the gun-toting St. Louis couple who gained recognition after confronting protesters passing by their residence, sued a United Press Worldwide photographer and the wire service, alleging a photograph that has risen to worldwide prominence was taken on their property, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The McCloskeys accuse UPI photographer Invoice Greenblatt of trespassing to seize one of the iconic photos of the confrontation between the McCloskeys and protesters on their solution to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home. The couple, recognized for being litigious earlier than the June 28 encounter, mentioned Greenblatt’s photograph has contributed to their “vital nationwide recognition and infamy.” The McCloskeys additionally sued Redbubble Inc., a San Francisco-based on-line market for print-on-demand merchandise. Their picture has proliferated internationally, the McCloskeys allege, with Redbubble, Greenblatt and UPI cashing in on “t-shirts, masks, and different gadgets” depicting them.

Their picture on merchandise offered by Redbubble is accompanied with “mocking and pejorative taglines or captions,” inflicting them “humiliation, psychological anguish, and extreme emotional misery,” the swimsuit alleges. They’ve acquired loss of life threats, and extra protesters have come to their property, the McCloskeys say. “Defendants acted outrageously and past all affordable bounds of decency, with their conduct considered atrocious and insupportable by any member of a civilized society,” they wrote. UPI mentioned it was contemplating whether or not to ship a “stop and desist” order to the couple due to their use of the UPI photograph as a part of a private greeting card. Newspaper photographers are allowed to seize photos from public rights of approach. The McCloskeys reside on a non-public road and argued that protesters had been trespassing.