Britney Spears crotch images deemed “culturally significant” by Library of Congress
The Britney Spears crotch images have been deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and were selected for permanent preservation in the National Image Registry.
The digital camera and memory card that store the original images of Britney’s crotch were seized by the United States government under the doctrine of eminent domain and, as required by law, payment to the paparazzi who owned the equipment and copyrighted images was made.
Because of the unique nature of the images, and because of their cultural significance - no other images of Britney’s crotch are known to exist - the value of the digital camera and memory card was difficult to ascertain; eventually, following arbitration, the government purchased the images and equipment for $160,000,000.
So what made the de facto library of the United States, one of the largest and most important libraries in the world, want the Britney Spears crotch images so badly?
“The images are an important part of American culture,” said Christine Bookman, spokesperson for the Library of Congress. ” These images are the most complete and authoritative images of Britney’s crotch known to exist, and they provide a relatively clear view of the whole area down there, without intentionally being pornographic.”
The Britney Spears crotch images will be part of a special exhibit at the Library of Congress entitled Literature, Images and Film, where the Britney Spears crotch images will be on public display alongside the Library’s sole copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the Zapruder film.