The US Post Office is ordered to pay $3.5 million for using a “wrong” image of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp.
In 2010 the US Post Office released a “Forever” stamp featuring a photograph of the Statue of Liberty. But instead of the actual statue, the image was a photo of a Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas.
Three years later the sculptor, Robert Davidson, who created the replica, sued the Postal Service for copyright infringement. Last week a US Court ruled in Davidson’s favor, awarding him $3.5 million in damages.
In his lawsuit Davidson’s lawsuit argued that his replica was different enough from New York’s Statue of Liberty that it should be considered an original work.
During the suit is came out that US Postal Service found out about the mix-up three months after issuing the stamp but kept selling it because the stamp was popular.