The artist who created the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the National Rifle Association of America for copyright infringement.
Anish Kapoor alleges that the NRA infringed on the copyright of the sculpture, more commonly known as “The Bean,” by using its image in the organization’s advertisement video titled “The Clenched Fist of Truth.” (RELATED: Dana Loesch Tells Women ‘Never Ever Bow A Knee’ In Empowering Speech)
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is seeking $150,000 per infringement, according to ArtNews. The number of infringements are to be determined based on proof that will be presented in court. Kapoor is also demanding the NRA return to him any profits acquired through the use of Cloud Gate and pay his legal fees.
During “The Clenched Fist of Truth” video, black-and-white images of several famous landmarks, including the White House, the Hollywood sign and the Lincoln Memorial, flash on the screen as NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch condemns left-wing violence before recruiting viewers to join the organization. The Cloud Gate sculpture appears on the screen for roughly one second of the one minute advertisement.
Kapoor first condemned the NRA and its use of Cloud Gate as part of a joint statement with anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety in March, reported the Chicago Tribune. He later said the sculpture was being “appropriated by the NRA to perpetuate its hateful ideology.”
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