How the Postal Service paid $3.5 million for the Lady Liberty Forever Stamp

Imagine you are the “manager of stamp development” at the United States Postal Service. You are tasked with selecting the image for the next Forever stamp, a stamp that allows the sending of a first-class mailpiece domestically FOREVER, even if the price of the service increases after purchase.

Because the public was tiring of the previous Liberty Bell image, you were looking for something fresh and new, something that would be meaningful inasmuch as a stamp can be.

You want to choose a patriotic icon. You pour over dozens of patriotic scenes, ultimately selecting an image of Lady Liberty. This image seems to stand out: the perspective makes the face of “La Liberté éclairant le monde” seem more “fresh-faced,” ″sultry,” even “sexier.”

Little do you know, you have not selected an image of the Statue of Liberty but rather started an eight-year legal battle that will end with you owing millions to the bona fide author of the underlying work.

Let’s see what happened.

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Not Settled: Monkey Selfie

A judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has made a request for a vote on whether to rehear the Naruto v. David Slater opinion dated April 23, 2018. This was the case where PETA tried to stand-in on behalf of the Celebes crested macaque to establish that animals could own copyrights. Let’s review the parties’ responses and see what they think.

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Drake Wins Sampling Fair Use Case (Smith v. Cash Money Records) #wtfu

Jimmy Smith was a pioneer of jazz on the Hammond B3 electric organ. One of this albums included a spoken word track where he claimed “jazz is the only real music that’s gonna last”.

Drake used this sample to say that “only really music is gonna last” and the Court deemed this Fair Use under Copyright Law.

Let’s find out why.

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