U.S. Postal Service Owes Nearly $685,000 in Lawsuit Over Stamp

The Korean War Memorial is located in Washington, DC. The Korean War Memorial is located in Washington, DC. Naaman Abreu/Shutterstock.com

For most people, a stamp is worth a few dimes. For Frank Gaylord, however, it's worth $684,844.

Seven years ago, the sculptor filed a lawsuit against the United States Postal Service for copyright infringement. He said the agency had used, without permission, a photograph of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, which Gaylord created, for a 37-cent postage stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.

Last week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ordered the postal service to pay Gaylord $684,844 in damages. The payment has made the sculptor more money than the actual memorial he completed in 1995. Gaylord received $775,000 to create the 19 steadfast soldiers in the 1990s, but kept only about $200,000 after expenses, USA Today reports.

In 2008, the court ruled in favor of the postal agency, stating that its image of the photograph constituted "fair use," but Gaylord's attorney won a reversal of that decision two years later. The six-figure payment reflects the amount of royalties Gaylord might have received from USPS sales of the commemorative stamp. The sum shatters the previous record for the largest stamp settlement ever paid by the postal service, a comparatively mere $5,000.

h/t Colin Schultz

(Image via Naaman Abreu/Shutterstock.com)

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.