A gorilla sculpture, painted in the likeness of lead singer of Queen has been removed from a public space in Norwich after a copyright complaint by the Freddie Mercury estate.
The organisers of the ‘Go Go Gorilla’ art trail, were contacted by Queen’s manager on behalf of the Freddie Mercury estate and were asked to remove the sculpture, as the suit painted onto the gorilla breached copyright.
The “Radio Go Go” gorilla is one of 53 life-size gorillas decorated by Norfolk artists and displayed on the streets of Norwich over the summer. Following the copyright complaint, the “Radio Go Go” gorilla is reported to be returning with a “new and exciting design” in the near future.
Ironically, The Born Free Foundation, which counts Queen guitarist Brian May among its celebrity supporters, was also set to benefit from the October auction of the “Radio Go Go” gorilla to help support conservation projects in the Congo. However, it appears to the LitigationSPY that breach of copyright spares no prisoners, even when it comes to charity.