The photographer behind an image used in the signage of the now infamous ‘gay hate truck’ has sought legal representation to contest the use of his image in the campaign.

Danish photographer Yuri Arcurs licenses his work through stock photo website Fotolia.com and said the use of the image by truck organisers breaches its licensing agreement.

One of the terms and conditions of the site’s image licensing clearly stipulates that photos may not be used in connection with anything that would “imply that the creator of the work, or the persons appearing in the work, endorse any political, economic or other opinion-based movements or parties”.

Arcurs was unaware that the image, which shows an older man embracing a male child, was being used in the ‘Queensland Election Prayer Rally Tour’, organised by failed Christian Democrat candidate Peter Madden and The Fatherhood Foundation’s Warwick Marsh, until contacted by the Star Observer.

He agreed that it clearly breached the licensing agreement.

“The image is mine, and there are strict rules regarding the use of stock photography for campaigns like this,” he said.

“It’s a very strong political message to send, and as the models on the image might not agree with the statements made in the campaign, this would not be considered legal use of the images.”

Arcurs said he’d contacted his legal representatives to follow up on the improper use of the image.

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