A business group had to pay $12,000 in relation to producing an ad that used a photograph of “Public Enemies” star Johnny Depp without permission.
The Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District had to reimburse the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper and the Buyers Guide $12,000 for having to reprint Experimental Aircraft Association guides that included the ad.
District Manager Maureen Strauss said a local resident photographed Depp, but the group did not seek Universal Studios’ permission to use Depp’s image. Local officials brought it to the group’s attention after publications containing the ads had already been printed.
Earlier this year “Public Enemies” filmed in numerous Wisconsin communities, including Oshkosh.