3.5 mil for USPS copyright infringement

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by DaveC426913, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    https://petapixel.com/2018/07/06/us...-million-for-statue-of-liberty-photo-mistake/

    I am confused as to how USPS infringed upon the copyright of the sculptor.
    The sculpure was photographed and put on Getty Images for use.

    USPS (presumably) purchased the image, in good faith and - assuming they also bought the rights to crop the Getty Image - how did they infringe upon the sculptor?

    If the sculptor didn't sue Getty Images for posting his work without permission, where has USPS gone awry of the law?
     
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  3. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    A book publisher has the right to market copies of a book, granted by the author or copyright holder.
    Someone who buys a copy of the book does not thereby acquire the right to make their own copies, and sell them for big money.

    That is standard copyright law.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Doesn't that mean that USPS violated Getty's Terms of Use?

    OK, I see your point though. They're not just using it for marketing or some such; they're literally repackaging it and selling it as their own product.

    I guess the real Statue of Liberty is essentially some public entity, so that people who make likenesses of it are immune from copyright infringement. But not necessarily true of the reproduction in Vegas, where the sculptor obviously maintains some rights.
     
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