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Judge: T-shirt featuring Soglin doesn't violate copyright

Published On: Aug 16 2013 09:45:44 AM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

A federal judge says there's no need to be sorry for a T-shirt featuring the official portrait of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.

The T-shirt features Soglin's picture with the phrase "Sorry For Partying." It was created by the apparel company Sconnie Nation and Underground Printing-Wisconsin for sale at an annual end-of-the-school-year party that draws hundreds of University of Wisconsin-Madison students.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Soglin has supported ending the event because of excessive drinking. Soglin was arrested at the precursor of the party as a UW-Madison student in 1969 when he was protesting the Vietnam War.

Photographer Michael Kienitz shot Soglin's portrait and claimed use of it on the T-shirt violated his copyright.

Federal Judge Stephen Crocker said Thursday use of the photo was OK as political criticism.

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