Vermont Artist’s Award Against USPS Affirmed

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Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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.

This has been a long running saga for Mr. Gaylord.  Prior opinions can be found: here and here.