Koons’ Balloons

Jeff Koons, 'Balloon Dog (Yellow)', stainless steel with transparent color coating, 1994-2000

Jeff Koons is suing San Francisco gallery Park Life and Canadian manufacturing business Imm-Living for producing and selling bookends that he thinks resemble his ‘Balloon Dog’ sculptures.  Koons (who has himself been sued on numerous occasions for appropriating popular imagery) claims that the businesses are violating his intellectual property.

The offending balloon dog bookends

But can Koons really copyright a balloon animal?  As Park Life’s federal complaint asserts, ‘As virtually any clown can attest, no one owns the idea of making a balloon dog, and the shape created by twisting a balloon into a dog-like form is part of the public domain.’  Despite cease and desist orders from Koons’ lawyers, Park Life continues to sell the bookends, for now.

Koons’ Balloons

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