Apple gets bitten for using Lion stock photo (updated)

Apparently Apple used a stock photo of a Lion that was previously used in Belgium for the Vlaams Blok campaign -- a nationalistic political party.

Belgian news site De Standaard noticed that something looked familiar about the Lion used in Apple's latest marketing materials for its upcoming Mac OS 10.7 - a.k.a. "Lion."

Apparently Apple used a stock photo of a Lion that was previously used in Belgium for the Vlaams Blok campaign -- a nationalistic political party. And if it was used by Vlaams Blok, I wonder how many other organizations have used it?

Well, at least Apple didn't have to edit out the blood droplets around its mouth, like it did for the Snow Leopard photo.

Update: Gizmodo reports that the stock photo—titled "The King", by Ronnie Howard—was available at Shutterstock and Fotolia, but it has been removed.

Tip: Geert Matton

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