DETROIT (CBS DETROIT/ AP) — Mercedes-Benz USA used images of murals in Detroit in social media posts, now the company is asking a judge to protect it from legal action.

Four artists have threatened to file a lawsuit after their murals appeared in Instagram posts about the G 500 Series truck last year.

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The company has removed the posts, but insists it didn’t infringe on copyrights and was entitled to fair use of the murals.

James Lewis told local media that Mercedes-Benz “defamed” his mural by posting it slightly out of focus.

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Lewis says it’s a “sacred piece” honoring African women.

Mercedes-Benz accused the artists of engaging in an “aggressive shakedown.”

On Monday a judge heard arguments on the artists’ request to dismiss the lawsuits. There has been no decision.

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