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Kelley v. Chicago Park District

635 F.3d 290 (2011)

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Kelley v. Chicago Park District

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

635 F.3d 290 (2011)

Facts

Chapman Kelley (plaintiff) was a famous artist known for floral paintings. In 1984 Kelley received permission from the Chicago Park District (Chicago Park) (defendant) to install a large garden display named Wildflower Works. By 2004, because the garden had deteriorated, Chicago Park dramatically changed the garden and reduced its size. Kelley sued Chicago Park for violating his right of integrity under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990. The district court held that Kelley did not hold a valid copyright in the work, because it lacked originality. Kelley appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sykes, J.)

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