Kunst oder Verletzung von Urheberrechten?

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Mit der Auffassung der "Royal Mail" hätte es Andy Warhols Drucke der Campell's Suppendosen wohl auch nie gegeben.

Royal Mail stamps down on postage art

                                   Sarah Left
                                   Wednesday June 4, 2003

                                   The Royal Mail has threatened legal
                                   action against an art gallery for selling
                                   mock-stamp prints that feature the
                                   Queen wearing a gas mask.

                                   Artist James Cauty created the series
                                   of prints, entitled Black Smoke, Stamps
                                   of Mass Destruction, in the run up to
                                   the war in Iraq. The prints feature the
                                   well-known bust of the Queen featured
                                   on stamps, but picture her wearing a
                                   gas mask underneath her crown.

                                   The Royal Mail first wrote to Artrepublic, the Brighton gallery
                                   displaying and selling the work, in May and ordered it to remove
                                   the prints from both its shop and website. The work infringed the
                                   Royal Mail's copyright, the company said.

                                   "The copyright of stamps are part of our intellectual property.
                                   They need to get a license from us to use them," the Royal Mail
                                   said today. "We sent them a letter asking them to stop."

                                   The gallery said it received another letter on Friday, telling them
                                   to stop selling the prints by June 3, but the Royal Mail agreed to
                                   extend the deadline to this Friday to allow the gallery to seek
                                   legal advice. The gallery said it intends to fight the action.

                                   Artrepublic continued to offer Mr Cauty's Black Smoke prints for
                                   sale on its website today, with the first, second and third class
                                   versions selling for £470 each. Lawrence Alkin, the chief
                                   executive officer of Artrepublic, said the gallery had already sold
                                   23 of the prints before the publicity over the Royal Mail's legal
                                   moves began.

                                   "This is the biggest reaction I've had to art, and I've been in the
                                   business over 20 years," he said.

                                   James Cauty responded: "I am just an artist doing my job. Are
                                   the Royal Mail trying to infringe my artistic freedom?"

                                   However Stuart Lockyear, a partner at law firm Davenport Lyons,
                                   said the Royal Mail seemed to have a strong case for copyright
                                   infringement. He said there was a possible defence of fair
                                   dealing, but that was generally used for literary works. Another
                                   possible route was the using the freedom of expression clause
                                   in the Human Rights Act, but that had never been tested in the
                                   UK, he said.

                                   "Copyright is very strong in the UK, and there are not defences
                                   for using icons in the public domain," Mr Lockyear explained.

                                   Sensitive to claims that the Royal Mail was attempting to censor
                                   a work of art, a company spokesman responded: "This has
                                   nothing to do with it being a work of art. This is about our
                                   intellectual property, and they do not have a right to use it
                                   without our permission."

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