According to a Fox News story posted yesterday, the U.S. Post Office has to pay $3.5 million dollars to Las Vegas sculptor Robert Davidson for mistakenly featuring Las Vegas’ Statue of Liberty replica on a “forever” stamp instead of the original New York Statue.
The article reports:
Postal Service attorneys argued Davidson’s design was too similar for him to claim copyright.
Federal Judge Eric Bruggink sided with Davidson, agreeing that his work was an original design with a more “modern,” “feminine” and contemporary face.
Bruggink ordered the Postal Service to pay $3.5 million to the artist, which is a slice of the $70 million the service made in profit from the forever stamp.
Davidson originally earned $233,000, after manufacturing costs, for his casino-based Lady Liberty creation, The New York Times reported.
Has anyone sought to sue Mr. Davidson for copying the Statue of Liberty?