Little Mermaid Statue Free To Be After Artist's Estate Didn't Expect Negative Publicity

from the funny-how-that-works dept

On Friday, we wrote about how an artist's estate was going after a small town in Michigan, for daring to have a "Little Mermaid" statue to play up many of the town's Danish ancestors. There's a famous Little Mermaid statue in Denmark, and the artist's estate (the artist died fifty years ago) apparently thinks all such statues infringe on its copyright (even though this statue was very different). However, in our comments over the weekend Christopher alerted us to the news that the estate had withdrawn the copyright infringement claim, apparently citing the publicity as the reason. Apparently, being a copyright bully can have a bit of a backlash...
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Filed Under: copyright, denmark, greenville, hans christian andersen, little mermaid, michigan

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Aug 2009 @ 6:16am

    I'm sure they were just trying to protect the estate from becoming generic. It's sad that public opinion has once again stood against the right decision.

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