Molly Prince reports Wednesday at The Daily Caller that a sculptor is suing the NRA over a one-second clip of his statue that was used in the NRA’s “Clenched Fist of Truth” video.
— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) June 20, 2018
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is seeking $150,000 per infringement, according to ArtNews. The number of infringements are to be determined based on proof that will be presented in court. [Anish] Kapoor is also demanding the NRA return to him any profits acquired through the use of Cloud Gate and pay his legal fees.
Kapoor first condemned the NRA and its use of Cloud Gate as part of a joint statement with anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety in March, reported the Chicago Tribune. He later said the sculpture was being “appropriated by the NRA to perpetuate its hateful ideology.”
“Cloud Gate” is the name of the sculpture, although most people just call it “The Bean.” It’s barely visible about 17 seconds into the NRA’s video, but blink and you’ll miss it.
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch responded to news of the lawsuit on Twitter.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 20, 2018
If its out in the view of the public then they have no right to say anything about it, Its stupid lawsuits like this that is driving our country broke.
— Timothy A. Miller (@greenmast38) June 20, 2018
Let’s sue Bill de Blasio and Elizabeth Warren for posting images of themselves posing with the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street, just for fun.
Public display of public art is not protected by any law against editorial use.
— Dan Borchers (@drborcherz) June 20, 2018
Not going to fly, it's a public sculpture. Or have been in movies, pictures and in thousands of face book posts by individuals. Now it's a copy right infringement now. I call bullshit.
— ?? Allan Cermak ?? (@AllanCermak) June 20, 2018
Frivolous law suit, It's in public, no reasonable expectation of not being used. There are other commercials that have it in them.
— RetArmy66 (@SkilesJohnnie) June 20, 2018
@DLoesch I highly encourage the NRA attorneys to see if it's possible to claim abuse of process. If it's a viable claim the artist could be paying a small monetary sum for wasting everyones time.
— ₖₑₖ ₗₑ fₗₑᵤᵣ (@deus_lo_vult) June 20, 2018
Sure wish we Chicagoans could sue everybody who wasted money on putting that prime real estate wasting eyesore up in the first place.
— Chuck Fletcher (@RealGuitarDood) June 20, 2018
Colion Noir addresses demand by Women’s March that NRA pull down Dana Loesch’s dangerous video https://t.co/hpqVKJ1aMo
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 30, 2017