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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Down, Beuys!

In as dispute between the heir of famous German artist Joseph Beuys and a museum (Schloss Moyland), the Regional Court of Dusseldorf (OLG Düsseldorf) held that the museum would have required permission from Beuys/his heir for an exhibition of photographs by Manfred Tischer showing a live performance by Joseph Beuys. The court held that Beuys’ live performance qualified as an artistic work (there’s no fixation requirement under German law) and the photographs constituted an unauthorised adaptation rather than free use. Please read Birgit’s excellent IPKat post (here) for all the details.

OLG Düsseldorf, 30 December 2011 – I 20 U 101/09, press release (in German) here

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