Statements From Green Family and Jon Wolf on Photo Controversy

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The family of a victim of the Jan. 8 shootings -- Upset a Tucson photographer threatened to sue media outlets over the use of a photo he took. 

After Christina-Taylor Green died, her parents shared a photo of her with many media outlets. The copyright is owned by photographer Jon Wolf, who threatened to sue the media who showed it.
           
Wolf claims to have the family's blessing to do so and give the proceeds to charity.
 
In a statement he emailed Fox 11 News, he says his actions are mischaracterized:
 
"My actions regarding this matter have been misunderstood and sadly mischaracterized.  My intent from the beginning always has been to use the proceeds from my creative work to make a charitable donation in Christina Green’s memory.  I sought and received the Green family’s approval to do so.  At no time did I intend to profit personally from this tragedy.  As a result of the mischaracterizations in the news coverage and the resulting community outcry, and in the hope of saving the Green family from further association with this matter, I have chosen to halt filing legal action in the hopes of reaching negotiated settlements with those that have used this image. I will turn the proceeds collected to date over to a charity in Christina’s honor.  I truly and deeply regret the additional distress this matter has placed on the Green family, and I apologize for that."
 
 --Jon Wolf
 
Through a family representative, the Green family also sent FOX 11 News a statement:

"Jon Wolf, as we have painfully learned, showed poor taste in his choice to litigate over the usage of his photograph of our little girl Christina-Taylor Green. Our intent was not to allow others to profit from the Jon Wolf image but to allow the media to portray our daughter in the best light possible and to tell her story. It is unfortunate that he has chosen to litigate over the use of his photograph at this time, or at all, in light of the fact that our family is still mourning and grieving the loss of our daughter." 

--The Green Family