'Charging Bull' sculptor says New York's 'Fearless Girl' statue violates his rights

I still don't understand why we don't see more photos of this fucking thing from the back.
Waaaaaaahmbulance en route:

The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue is accusing New York City of violating his legal rights by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed facing the bronze beast, without his permission.

The 'Fearless Girl' statue sums up what's wrong with feminism today | Cara Marsh Sheffler Read more The Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica said the presence of the girl infringed on his own artistic copyright by changing the creative dynamic to include the other bold presence.

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15 Responses:

  1. Such a Fucking asshole

  2. Artistic rights are a thing in Europe, but there are no similar rights in U.S. law. I wonder what right or remedy he might assert he has here.

    • phuzz says:

      They are? No one told us yuropeeans :(

      • phuzz says:

        Ok, I've looked into this a bit more, and I assume you're talking about Moral Rights, and I'm sorry to tell you that they exist in the US as much as they do in European countries.
        IANAL, but as the original statue is untouched, I don't think he has much of a claim.

      • Nick Lamb says:

        In Europe the creator has a bunch of rights you probably think of as so obvious that you didn't realise they exist, the same way modern people don't think of their not being enslaved as a right they're exercising, at least up until somebody enslaves them. In some places you may also be able to sign these rights away, but they're separate from copyright.

        Chief among these is the right to be identified as the creator of the work. Even if you've signed away any chance of things like royalties, you are entitled in European law to have your name credited for creating it. Note that this is an exercisable right, as opposed to a matter of lawful transparency. If you want to be a well-paid ghostwriter, it may suit you not to list your name instead of the celebrity's name on the cover of "their" life's story. Or you know, if you're Alan MooreThe Original Writer then you might just demand they not use your name anywhere.

  3. Oompa says:

    A statue who was paid for as a marketing ploy by a bloody hedge fund manager now has become somehow the symbol of little people standing up against wall street.

    Little girl and her rich backers can fuck off and stop leeching from other people's art.

  4. Tony Finch says:

    Are the bull's testicles polished from repeated fondling?

  5. McCormick McCarthy says:

    So, I'm in for $50 on the Kickstarter to cast a giant standing bronze bear, his forepaws spread as if to caress the haunches, his bear-glans firm and hard, his eyes rolling in cruel passion, his teeth gleaming in hatefucking rage, and then drop it in place directly behind the bull sculpture, to remind America what crashes are like.

    Also, as collateral damage, something-something-Russians.

  6. tfofurn says:

    Di Modica had installed the massive bronze...without a permit in the middle of the night

    He originally deployed it guerilla-style, but now he wants institutional protection?

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