U.S. Postal Service must pay millions for using wrong stamp image

The stamp mistakenly featured the image of a Statue of Liberty replica created by a Las Vegas sculptor -- not the real thing. It will cost  the USPS $3.5 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit.


Federal Judge Eric Bruggink ruled on June 29 that the postal service had to pay the fine to sculptor Robert Davidson after his statue — a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas — was depicted on the stamp instead of the original.

Bruggink wrote in his finding that the faces of the two statues were “unmistakably” different and that Davidson was entitled to damages after the image was used without his permission.

The Postal Service began selling the stamp featuring the statue in December 2010. It became aware that the stamp featured the wrong statue in 2011, but continued to sell it through January 2014.

About 4.9 billion of the stamps were sold, generating more than $2.1 billion in sales, according to the court document.

Davidson first sued for copyright infringement in 2013. He argued that his version of the statue was markedly different from the original, saying he modified the replica to be “a little more modern, a little more feminine.”

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