Almost nothing in Las Vegas is free. The U.S. Postal Service may discover that because of its 2010 “Forever” stamp mistake, featuring what officials thought was the Statue of Liberty.
You know the one in New York Harbor that welcomed immigrants with the words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
It turns out to have been a picture of artist Robert S. Davidson’s Las Vegas sculpture Western Lady Liberty. The wording on it should instead read, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to gamble, please!”
Now the artist is suing the Postal Service in federal court for copyright infringement, The Washington Post reports. No specific damages are listed.
However, 4 billion copies of the stamps have been sold. Even if the artist only got a penny a stamp that could amount to $40 million — of course adding to the Postal Services already dire money woes.