Life-size gorilla sculpture dressed as Freddie Mercury removed from city centre display in bizarre copyright row with Aids charity

No Win Freddy MercuryA gorilla sculpture dressed in a famous Freddie Mercury costume has been removed from Norwich city centre after a charity claimed the animal’s suit breached copyright.

The sculpture – dressed in the Queen frontman’s iconic yellow costume- was one of 53 differently designed apes which have taken up residence at sites across the city as part of the GoGoGorillas! Project to help raise vital funds for charity.

But it was removed today after the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an Aids charity set up in memory of the singer who died in 1991, said it may take legal action.

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July 9th, 2013 by