The Situation Accused of Cyber-Jacking Shirtless Painting

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Jersey Shore star The Situation (Mike Sorrentino) has been accused of posting an image online without the creator's consent ... feel ya on that, Sitch!

Celeste Gillis, an artiste, created the wonderful shirtless painting of The Situation you see below. She contacted him on Facebook last month about it.

It's a decision she likely regrets in light of the current situation.

Celese immortalized Mike on canvas and told him that he could either purchase the work for a price ... or else credit her art website on his Facebook page.

Instead, Sitch posted it without doing either. But he did add a caption: "THE MAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND." Wait, that has nothing to do with the artist either.

Hilariously, Gillis says she never asked him to take down the pic ... because she didn't think he would understand copyright laws. Probably pretty spot on.

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The painting is supposed to be a joke, dumbass.. and it wasn't copied from a photo.

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A pretty miserable painting. She is lucky to get the publicity. The question is - did she base it on a photo, and if so, did she alter it enough to qualify as fair use, or, is her painting so close to the photo that she is violating the photographer's copyright.

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