Queen's Brian May Investigating Freddie Mercury Gorilla Art Controversy

07/11/2013
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(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May says he'll investigate this week's removal of a Freddie Mercury gorilla art statue in Norwich, UK at the request of the Mercury Phoenix Trust over copyright issues.

"I don't know anything about this," the guitarist said in response to a Twitter inquiry from a fan about the move by the Mercury Phoenix Trust. "I'll find out."

The BBC reports Wild in Art, the company that supplied the 5ft (1.5m) glass fibre gorilla canvases for a Norwich conservation art trail, was contacted by Queen's manager Jim Beach on behalf of the Freddie Mercury estate.

The estate claimed the suit "worn" by the gorilla, painted by Norfolk artist Mik Richardson, breached copyright. The sculpture was removed on Monday. more on this story

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