On the first business day after 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green was shoot in Tuscon, Arizona, photographer Jon Wolf registered her portrait with the US Copyright office and approached the mourning family for a release so he can license the image to the media. He sued everyone – the NYT, the AP, and one newspaper for $125,000.
Any money he could have legally made from this copyright infringement lawsuit wouldn’t make up for the damage to his rep: 1,725 likes of the “Boycott Wolf” Facebook group, 1-star Yelp reviews and general shaming. He dropped the suit, back-peddling – he was going to give the lawsuit proceeds to charity, really! – but it’s too late.