Statue of Liberty Stamp is the Face of a New Lawsuit

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December 6, 2013 — 1,447 views  

The US Postal Service has committed a rather embarrassing mistake in relation to the Statue of Liberty stamp. The allegation is that this ‘forever’ stamp design, which was released in 2011, does not reflect the original statue located at New York Harbor as it should have, ideally. Instead, it looks like the replica statue which stands in Las Vegas outside a casino hotel named New York-New York.

The artist who sculpted this Lady Liberty replica in Las Vegas is now suing the government on the charges of copyright infringement. The Postal Service has not responded to the charges as of yet.

Both Statues are Quite Different From Each Other

Attorneys for Robert Davidson, the sculptor, have argued in the suit which was filed last week that the Las Vegas statue has more of a ‘sultry’ and ‘fresh faced’ look as compared to the original statue. They have said that these differences might have made the government choose the statue sculpted by Davidson.

According to Davidson’s attorney, Lady Liberty in the Sin City welcomes tired gamblers and is a lot more feminine than the original one. They also mentioned that the ‘original statue’ just served as an inspiration for Davidson which he used loosely to decide the width, height and depth requirements of his sculpture. The claim has also made it clear that Davidson did not visit the statue in New York while working on his diminutive copy.

It cannot be denied that both the statues do look unmistakably different. While the original one is lot more with a straight expression, the one in Las Vegas seems to smirking a bit and also has comparatively stylish hair. Her crown too has a plaque which is visible on the stamp but not legible. The plaque actually reads 'This One's For You Mom' on the Las Vegas statue.

Delay from the Sculptor’s Side

One thing that still remains unclear is that why did Davidson wait so long to sue the government? The New York Harbor State of Liberty has already been seen on a minimum of 20 stamps.

The Postal Service office had selected a close up of the statue’s head along with the crown. But it did not get to know about this error until an expose was ran by a stamp magazine. There was a similar case back in September when the creator of the Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington D.C claimed similar copyright issues and won the settlement amount which went up to half a million. Perhaps Davidson took an inspiration from this?

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