Jeff Koons Is Found Guilty of Plagiarism in Paris and Ordered to Pay $168,000
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Jeff Koons Is Found Guilty of Plagiarism in Paris and Ordered to Pay $168,000

Jeff Koons. Photo: Adam Berry/Getty Images. A French judge has found Jeff Koons guilty in a legal battle between the US artist and the creator of a surreal 1980s ad campaign for a clothing brand that featured a piglet and a freezing model. The French ad executive Franck Davidovici created the surreal ad campaign, titled Fait d’Hiver, in 1985 for the French brand Naf Naf. After seeing Koons’s work exhibited at the Center Pompidou in 2014, he sued the American artist for copyright infringement, accusing him of plagiarizing his advert to create a 1988 sculpture of the same name. Davidovici asked for €300,000 ($352,000) in damages and for Koons’s sculpture to be seized by the state. Yesterday, November 8, the court ordered the artist, his business, and the French museum to pay Davidovici a total of €135,000 ($153,000) in compensation. Jeff Koons LLC was also fined €11,000 for reproducing the pig on Koons’s website, and a publishing house that sold a book in which the work was reproduced, was fined €2,000. The court did not, however, order the sculpture’s seizure. Davidovici’s campaign for the women’s ready-to-wear label featured a pig (Naf Naf’s mascot) with a cask of brandy around […]

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