Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore may wind up in court with a prize-winning journalist who claims the mountain-size moviemaker ripped off his most famous photo to use in a George W. Bush-bashing rant.

Last year, to illustrate one of his anti-administration bombasts, the portly polemicist posted on his michaelmoore.com Web site a heartbreaking photo from Iraq of an American soldier carrying the blood-spattered body of a child.

The picture was snapped by acclaimed independent war correspondent Michael Yon, who has been very careful about how his images are distributed and goes out of his way to make sure they aren't used for demagogic diatribes.

Yon - a Special Forces vet posts regular dispatches from the front at michaelyon-online.com, which are featured on FOXNews.com. To many, he is considered as the "Ernie Pyle of our time."

Yon has tried to contact Moore for seven months to discuss his unauthorized use of the poignant snap, but hasn't heard a word back from the director of "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Now, the fed-up photojournalist has told his lawyer to ready a lawsuit against Moore for copyright infringement.

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