Is it wrong to digitally amputate someone’s leg without their permission?

Photo: NYC Department of Health

Several years ago an aspiring actor, Cleo Berry, participated in a simple photo shoot with Morten Smidt. Years later, and without his knowledge, the photos from that photo shoot were sold to a stock photo company, ImageSource, who sold the photos to New York City's Department of Health, who then digitally removed one of Berry's legs for an anti-diabetes campaign. The actor was shocked and upset upon seeing his mutilated photo on a massive New York City billboard but, prior to the shoot, he did sign a waiver allowing for the digital alteration and distribution of his photos. The NYC Department of Health stands by their choice to photoshop Berry's leg out of the photo in the name of diabetes awareness, but Berry remains concerned that the billboard could negatively affect his acting career. The photo was rightfully utilized, but perhaps they should have contacted Berry and alerted him as to how his photo was going to be used. What are your thoughts?

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