National Park Service Wants to Silence the “Stolen” Flight 93 Memorial Ideas Troubles

Over the weekend, we heard from Lisa Austin, one of the two designers/artists who are trying to get recognition for the concepts clearly copied from their initial proposals for the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, which we’ve been covering over these past few weeks. We were told that the National Park Service is now trying to quiet them up and are refusing to hear anything more from them. They’ve stated time and time again that they don’t want to go to court over this, but it’s clearly a case of a theft of ideas and needs to be addressed. Here’s the news:

The jurors of the Flight 93 Memorial competition had 3 days to select 5 finalists from 1,052 submissions — about a minute per design. The “Sacrifice” design was overlooked, but, ten facets of this design by Lisa Austin and Madis Pihlak were integrated into Paul Murdoch’s winning Flight 93 Memorial. Intellectual property lawyers have confirmed that Murdoch’s revised design is infringing on the “Sacrifice” copyright. Despite hundreds of news stories, letters from Congressman Phil English, from the NPAA (Northwest Pennsylvania Artists Association), and from dozens of concerned citizens — the National Park Service is refusing to follow the organizers promise to give attribution to the “… authors of any material used.” NPAA officers wrote to the Secretary of the Interior Kirk Kemphorne, “An unjust situation casts a shadow on the Flight 93 Memorial, a project that intends to honor those forty who sacrificed their lives in the service of saving so many more on September 11, 2001…”