On February 4, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a prior decision by the Federal Court of Claims that the United States Postal Service (USPS) should pay $573,000 to Vermont sculptor, Frank Gaylord (Barre, VT), for the USPS’s infringement of his soldier sculptures in formation that constituting part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial. USPS put a portion of the monument on a postage stamp without Mr. Gaylord’s permission and profited mightily ($30.2 million in revenue) in doing so, but didn’t want to pay anything or very little (less than $5,000) to license the work. Further details of the case can be found here.
I had the honor of speaking at the Vermont Arts Summit this past weekend on the topic of copyrights and meeting many artists from the Vermont area. It was a great day and if you missed it, hopefully the Vermont Arts Counsel will be hosting another one and you’ll be able to attend.
For those who are interested, here is the presentation: Copyrights