Highlights from Park Life’s Federal Complaint Against Artist Jeff Koons

More on the Jeff Koons‘ vs. Everyone Who Makes Balloon Animals front. Following Friday’s detailed reports on the copyright and intellectual property aspects of the cease-and-desist case the famous artist has lobbed against the shop Park Life in San Francisco and the Canadian manufacturer of the balloon dog bookends at the heart of the debate, Art Info has gotten its hands on the federal complaint the shop filed in order to try and “head off a lawsuit from Koons.” Their post is entitled “6 Hilarious Zingers from the Balloon-Dog Freedom Suit Filed Against Jeff Koons” and hilarious they are. Drafted by a lawyer the shop has hired, they’ve clearly enjoyed poking at Koons and his legal team as much as they possibly can in legalese, all the while likely enjoying their underdog martyr status in the face of the big fancy artist. Art Info’s Emma Allen also adds her own commentary along the way, next to these six choice lines they’ve pulled out from the complaint, which helps make it all the funnier. Here’s the first:

The document begins: “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.” I’d like to call to the stand the first expert witness. Dr. Bozo, will you please raise your right hand.

While we’re back on this topic, why hasn’t Koons gone after the Israeli design firm Ototo for their Doggy Bank? That looks much, much more like his sculpture than the Park Life one ever has?