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British Sculptor Anish Kapoor Sues NRA For Featuring ‘Cloud Gate’ In Pro-Gun Ad
By Izza Sofia, 21 Jun 2018
Image via Busara / Shutterstock.com
British sculptor Anish Kapoor has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for copyright infringement.
According to the lawsuit, the nonprofit organization, which advocates for gun rights, has violated a copyright by incorporating the curvy sculpture called ‘Cloud Gate’ in its 2017 ad titled ‘The Clenched Fist of Truth’, shown below, sans permission from the artist.
The reflective sculpture by Kapoor was installed in 2006 and has been a recognizable icon ever since. It is seen 17 seconds into the ad and according to The Chicago Tribune, Kapoor had asked for the image of the sculpture to be removed from the video, but the NRA refused.
Kapoor claims that his work has been “appropriated by the NRA” and he wishes to be awarded damages. The Fashion Law added that Kapoor was shocked to learn that the sculpture had been used by a platform that advocates the ownership of firearms.
According to US copyright law, the copyright holder for a particular piece of art holds the right on how it is featured.
Kapoor is seeking for statutory damages amounting to US$150,000 per infringement, pre- and post-judgement interests as well as compensatory damages. Kapoor also added that he is seeking injunctive relief to prevent the NRA from exploiting his sculpture in future works.
[via Fast Company, opening image via Busara / Shutterstock.com]
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