Postal Service ordered to pay $3.5 mil after using photo

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The U.S. Postal Service has been ordered to pay $3.5 million to a sculptor who sued the government agency over its Statue of Liberty Forever stamp.

The photo of Lady Liberty that was used for the stamp is not the real Statue of Liberty. Rather, it is a photo of a replica that stands outside the New York-New York casino hotel in Las Vegas. The stamp was released in 2010 but taken out of circulation three months later when the agency realized its mistake.

Robert Davidson, the sculptor who created the replica statue, sued for copyright infringement. A federal judge ruled that Davidson's statue is an original design and ordered the Postal Service to pay him $3.5 million. (CBS News)

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