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KFIX Rock News: Freddie Mercury Gorilla Art Removed Over Legal Issues

fredgorinCopyright issues have prompted officials to remove a Freddie Mercury gorilla sculpture from a Norwich, UK street exhibit.

The “Radio Go Go” Gorilla, bearing a strong resemblance to the late Queen frontman, was removed from Millennium Plain, outside The Forum, on Monday.

According to the BBC, organizers of Go Go Gorillas, a public art trail in Norwich, were contacted by Queen’s manager on behalf of the Freddie Mercury estate, claiming the suit “worn” by the gorilla breached copyright.

“It’s dreadful. It’s petty, really. The night I was told I couldn’t sleep,” said the sculpture’s artist, Mik Richardson.

“I’m a mural artist and I have to be very careful about copyright,” he said.

“I didn’t copy the suit exactly. I alter enough so that it’s fan art, rather than a copy of it.”

According to Charlie Langhorne, director of Wild in Art–the company that supplied the gorilla glass-fibre canvases–the gorilla would be repainted with a “new and exciting design” and should be back in place within 10 days.

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