Fearless Women! – IPwars.com

Seaside J has dominated that Maurice Blackburn didn’t breach any of State Avenue World’s rights within the Fearless Woman statue by arranging for a duplicate to be displayed on the launch of a marketing campaign to handle the gender pay hole.

Image of Fearless Girl bronze sculpture in alley with tour group in background
Picture by maggavel from Pixabay

In 2016, State Avenue had commissioned Kristen Visbal to create a life-size bronze statue which turned referred to as “Fearless Woman” in reference to a marketing campaign to advertise State Avenue’s Gender Variety Index change traded fund, referred to as the “SHE fund”.

The finished statue was put in and unveiled in Bowling Inexperienced Park on Wall Avenue, famously showing to confront the Charging Bull statue.[1] This had been a wildly profitable marketing campaign with, amongst different issues, over 4.6 billion Twitter impressions (?) and a “mere” 745 million Instagram impressions (?) within the first 12 weeks!

In 2019, Maurice Blackburn and numerous company and tremendous fund backers negotiated an settlement with Ms Visbal for a payment of USD250,000 letting them show a Fearless Woman reproduction in Federation Sq. Melbourne[2] in reference to a marketing campaign for Equal Pay Day.

After Maurice Blackburn despatched out invites to the revealing of the Fearless Woman reproduction in Federation Sq., State Avenue sued Maurice Blackburn and a few of its co-funders for just about all the pieces they might consider:

  • interference with contractual relations;
  • false, deceptive or misleading conduct in commerce and commerce Opposite to the Australian Shopper Regulation and passing off;
  • commerce mark infringement; and
  • copyright infringement.

All of the claims failed.

Seaside J’s causes for judgment run for some 1191 paragraphs over 274 pages. So, extra thought of evaluation should wait a later day (or days).

The central concern appears to have been the very particular nature of State Avenue’s rights to regulate additional reproductions of the work and the cautious approach Maurice Blackburn had used Fearless Woman.

The phrases State Avenue and the artist had negotiated included a clause granting State Avenue the unique rights:

to show and distribute two-dimensional copies, and three-dimensional Artist-sanctioned copies, of the Art work to advertise (i) gender range points in company governance and within the monetary companies sector, and (ii) SSGA and the services it affords. …. (emphasis equipped)

and Ms Visbal additionally agreed that no different celebration could possibly be approved to make use of “the Art work” as a emblem or model ….

Seaside J held that the way in which Maurice Blackburn had used Fearless Woman in reference to the Equal Pay Day marketing campaign didn’t fall throughout the scope of State Avenue’s unique rights. It additionally was not use as a emblem or model. Michaela Whitbourn has a pleasant abstract.

Nevertheless, it seems to be like there’ll must be an additional listening to to find out whether or not, and in that case, how Maurice Blackburn could use and show its Fearless Woman reproduction sooner or later.

State Avenue World Advisors Belief Firm v Maurice Blackburn Pty Ltd (No 2) [2021] FCA 137


  1. These of you on the market with lengthy(-ish) reminiscences, may recall that that juxtaposition triggered its personal ‘ethical rights’ controversy. Fearless Woman was later moved in April 2018 to its present place in entrance of the New York Inventory Trade. ?
  2. Fed Sq., in fact, shouldn’t be with out its personal controversies! ?