Photo Attorney

Aug 1, 2009

Photographs of Copyrighted Works


Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who created the famous "Charging Bull" statue that has come to symbolize Wall Street, is busy protecting his work again. In 2006, he filed suit against Wal-Mart, galleries, and others for selling photos and reproductions of the bull without his permission. The Wall Street Journal reports that he now has sued Random house and and the authors of a new book entitled, "A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers," for using an image of the bull on its dust jacket.

As previously explained in my March 13, 2009 and March 20, 2008, blog entries, courts have disagreed about whether photographing copyrighted works violates the copyrights in the works. It will be interesting to see how the District Court in NY handles this one!