The American Broadcasting Company stole an image of a mural for an episode of “The Bachelor,” an artist couple allege in a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court.
Painter Victor Fung and photographer Lisa Beggs allege the show reproduced a photo of their mural Greetings From Knoxville and aired it without their permission for a February 2020 episode.
Fung and Beggs left New York City in 2015 and have since toured the country in an RV as Greetings Tour Inc., painting more than 55 murals in 25 states.
Fung painted Greetings From Knoxville in 2017. According to the lawsuit, ABC stole a picture of the art and superimposed the ABC logo for the show.
“Greetings Tour is a nationwide mural project that is interactive and
timeless landmarks through art in public space. With the classic capital letter
Our postcard-style artwork captures local pride
hometowns and arouses the interest of visitors alike,” reads the Greetings Tour website.
The lawsuit against ABC seeks unspecified damages. “Our client’s footage was used by ABC for commercial purposes in its programming for ‘The Bachelor’ without their permission. Our creators have no choice but to enforce their rights here, and we look forward to protecting our artists’ rights in their works,” said attorney Laura Zaharia, representing the artists.
The network did not immediately return a message asking for comment.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/02/victor-fung-lisa-beggs-say-abc-stole-art-for-the-bachelor/ Victor Fung and Lisa Beggs say ABC stole art for ‘The Bachelor’