It turns out that a 2011 “forever” stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty is based on a replica of the original in New York City’s harbor instead of the original, according to an NBC report on Tuesday. The stamp is based on the Statue of Liberty that is located outside the New York-NewYork casino hotel in Las Vegas.
The sculptor of the Las Vegas statue is suing the United States government for copyright infringement.
The sculptor, Robert Davison says - via his law suit filed last week – his statue in Las Vegas was more “fresh-faced” and “sultry” than the original statue in New York. It is alleged that the differences are what led to the government choosing Davidson’s statue over the New York original.
Davidson’s attorney asserts that the Statue of Liberty lady who welcomes weary gamblers to Las Vegas has a more feminine form. The original, he claims, was only an inspiration for the loose height, width, and depth requirements of Davidson’s work. Davidson never visited the New York statue while creating his copy version.
It has been reported that the two statue’s ladies look unmistakably different as the Las Vegas version has a more stylish hairdo and appears to have a slight smirk. The crown of the Vegas statue also has a plaque which reads “This One’s For You Mom,” though it isn’t legibly visible on the stamp.
No reason was given as to why Davidson waited two years to sue the government over the issue.