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Alex Ethridge

Postal Service makes use of fallacious photograph, incurs $3.5M penalty.

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A sculptor who created a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty for a Las Vegas on line casino was awarded $3.5 million in damages final week after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by accident used a photograph of his statue — moderately than a photograph of the unique statue in New York harbor — on certainly one of its commonest stamps. When you purchased a “perpetually” stamp between 2011 and 2014, there is a good likelihood that it confirmed the face of the Statue of Liberty duplicate that sculptor Robert Davidson constructed for the New York-New York Lodge and On line casino in Las Vegas. The Submit Workplace licensed a photograph of Davidson’s statue from the picture service Getty for $1,500, initially believing it was {a photograph} of the unique statue. (The license solely coated the rights to Getty’s {photograph} of the statue — not the statue itself.)

The stamp with the ensuing picture was launched to the general public in December 2010; it took 4 months earlier than anybody identified the error to the Submit Workplace. In March 2011, a spokesperson mentioned that the USPS “nonetheless loves the stamp design and would have chosen this {photograph} anyway.” The Submit Workplace continued utilizing the photograph for nearly three years earlier than retiring it in January 2014. The court docket reportedly awarded Davidson a 5 % royalty for $70 million value of unused stamps; it additionally awarded him $5,000 in damages for the practically $5 billion value of stamps that have been used to pay postage. The whole damages amounted to $3.55 million.

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