USPS came into limelight when it was pulled into court for infringmnt of rights for using the art ‘The Column’ in postal stamps.
The Column was created by an artist Frank Gaylord , a WW II veteran, as a Korean War Veterans Memorial. It is an installation of 19 life size soldiers in stainless steel statues that is depicting a uniformed squad on patrol.
The USPS decided to issue a stamp to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. It decided to use a photograph of The Column that was taken by photographer John Alli during a snow storm in 1996.
USPS paid Mr. Alli a one time fee of $1500 for the right to use his photo as the stamp face. But USPS didn’t datk concent of Mr. Gaylord to use The Coulmn, as the photograph was a derivative work of the art created by Mr. Gaylord.
The US Court of appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld aan earlier decision that United States Postal Service must pay 10% of the revenue ($5.4 Mn) that mean $540,000 to the artist Mr. Gaylord.
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Earlier to that, Court of Federal Claims had ruled that Mr. Alli has already been paid and the Government does not seek reversal to subtract that $1500 payment.