Bruce Munro, a UK-based artist specializing in large-scale light installations, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against a Florida-based botanic garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden over alleged copyright infringement.
According to the lawsuit, the defendant reportedly bought “knock-off replicas” of Munro’s sculptural works from China and is using them in its NightGarden exhibition without permission or authorization.
The plaintiff reportedly said that Fairchild’s website, exhibition pamphlet and signage has false titles and was not attributed to the plaintiff.
According to the plaintiff the defendant’s botanic gardens display “Mystic Mushrooms” and is a replica of three of his works including “Field of Light” exhibition, “Water Towers” at the Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, UK, and his “Forest of Light” work displayed at Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens.
G-Lights is reportedly selling infringing copies and derivatives of Munro’s works on Alibaba’s online retail platform, using images of Munro’s work and citing its goods as “Bruce Munro style” in its adverts.
Munro is seeking $150,000 in statutory damages for the infringement of his “Forest of Light” work, in addition to an injunction and the destruction of all infringing goods.
The case is ongoing.
Munro v. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Inc. et al
|Court:||Florida Southern District Court|
|Nature of Suit:||Copyright|
|Case Filed:||Jan 08, 2020|