Last month, we wrote about the ridiculous situation in which appropriation artist Jeff Koons, who famously "appropriates" works from elsewhere to make his art, had threatened to sue a store
in San Francisco, called Park Life, for selling balloon dog bookends. Despite the fact that balloon dogs have been around for ages, well before Koons turned the concept into a statue, he seemed to think that the bookends were infringing on his work. You can see the two below (bookends on the left, Koons' work on the right):
However, after Koons was ridiculed in blogs and the press, it appears he realized that any legal action would undoubtedly end poorly for him. Just the threat itself had already turned sour. So now the news comes out that he has officially dropped any plans to take legal action
, based on the promise that the store would not refer to Koons' work in selling the bookends. The retailer notes that this condition was perfectly fine since it had never
mentioned Koons at all. Thankfully, Park Life owner Jamie Alexander, specifically made sure that there was no gag order on the details of the settlement, because he wanted it to be clear to the world that the store did not give in, but rather stood up "to a bully." Good for them.
Oh yeah. On top of all that, reports say that the legal threat has massively increased demand
for the bookends. So while Koons doesn't want his name associated with them, it is due solely to his own actions... and those actions have also served to sell a lot of the bookends that Koons so dislikes. Before this, apparently, they weren't selling that well. Park Life says they'd sold three. But since the legal threats, they've sold somewhere around 150.