by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 5th 2009 3:17am
What is it with statues and copyright claims lately? Following closely on stories about copyright claims against a town's statue of a mermaid (since resolved) and a still ongoing fight over a photo and US postage stamp of the DC Korean War monument, comes the news that the guy who created the famous (infamous?) Wall Street "bull" statue, is suing both the publisher and authors of a new book about the fall of Lehman Bros., for using a photo of the statue on the cover of the book. Apparently (I had no idea), the statue was made by Arturo Di Modica back in 1989 -- totally uninvited -- and he just dumped it in front of the New York Stock Exchange unannounced. It was soon moved nearby, and it's stuck around ever since. Apparently, this is not the first time he's sued over such things, though it's unclear what happened in that lawsuit. Still, um... shouldn't there be a rule, that if you just dump a big sculpture on the sidewalk somewhere without permission and leave it for twenty years, you no longer own it? Isn't it like throwing something out?
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