Copyright infringement lawsuit over police statues resolved
By Betsy Dolan
The copyright infringement lawsuit between a nationally known Sugar Land sculptor and the owner of a Utah foundry has been settled.
Bob Pack, best known locally for his sculpture of Stephen F. Austin on horseback at Sugar Land Town Center, sued Matt Glenn, President of Big Statues in Provo, Utah back in May.
At issue was Pack’s statue called “The Guardian” which Pack was commissioned to create by the City of Sugar Land for their new Police and Municipal Courts Building in 1996. The work shows a uniformed police officer with his right hand on a young boy’s shoulder.
Glenn created a similar statue of a police officer and boy for the Pearland Police Station in 2010, based on photographs of “The Guardian” that were sent by an employee of the City of Pearland to Big Statues.
As a result of the settlement, all references related to Big Statues will be removed from the Pearland statue. A plate will be added indicating that it is based on an original design by Pack Sports Bronzes. Big Statues will also remove all photographs of the statue from its web site, and destroy all molds of the Pearland statue. Other terms of the settlement are confidential.
“I’m pleased by the resolution of the lawsuit,” said Bob Pack. “Artists should realize that there is valuable copyright protection for their works and that they have remedies if someone else appropriates all or a portion of their work without their permission. Likewise, artists should take care not to use the works of others without their permission.”
Bob Pack has created numerous sculptures of some of the world’s greatest golfers. In addition to the statue in Town Square, he sculpted the statue in front of the Richmond City Hall of Hilmar Moore, the longtime mayor of Richmond who passed away in December.
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