Vatican Threatens To Sue Over Benetton's Pope Kiss Ads

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 6:05 PM EST) -- The Vatican said Thursday it would take legal action to prevent further distribution of Italian fashion label Benetton Group SpA’s ad that drew criticism for allegedly exploiting the pope's likeness in an image depicting the head of the Roman Catholic Church kissing an Egyptian imam.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, the Vatican instructed its lawyers in Italy and elsewhere to take “appropriate action to prevent the movement, including through the mass media,” of the image at issue.

The Vatican said the digitally manipulated photo of...
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