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Statue of Liberty postage stamp portrays Las Vegas replica

A coil of 100 new USA First Class postage stamps, bearing an image of the Statue of Liberty and U.S. flags, is shown in Washington, April 15, 2011. The new U.S. first-class postage stamp, which shows a low-angled close-up of Lady Liberty's face and crown, was issued in December, according to an announcement about the "world-recognized" symbol of the United States. The statement described the statue as a gift from the people of France, designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, which stands 305 feet tall on Liberty Island off the tip of Manhattan, "a symbol of political freedom and democracy for millions of people around the world." None of this is quite true of the image shown on the stamp, which is actually a photo of a half-sized replica of the statue that was created for and stands outside the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Statue of Liberty postage stamp portrays Las Vegas replica

Yahoo News

An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp could come back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service.

The "forever" stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York Harbor, as intended, but on a replica outside the New York-New York casino hotel in Las Vegas.

Now, the sculptor who made the Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip is suing the government for copyright infringement. (AP)

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