Danish court rules artist’s painting cannot be cut up to make watches
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Danish court rules artist’s painting cannot be cut up to make watches

Tal R Paris Chic, 2017 A Danish court has ruled an artist’s copyright in a painting, which he has sold, extends to pieces of the work that have been cut out for use in the manufacture of watches. In a ruling, issued yesterday, December 2, the Maritime and Commercial Court prohibited a company, Letho , from manufacturing watches by cutting up parts of artist Tal R’s painting, Paris Chic, to use as a backdrop for the dials. While Tal R is still the copyright owner of Paris Chic, it was purchased by the owners of Letho, Dann Thorleifsson and Arne Solmunde Leivsgarð, in August for £70,000 ($90,000). After buying the painting, Thorleifsson and Leivsgarð launched an online auction where the winner of the auction could choose what piece of the painting would be the first to be cut out and incorporated in a new watch. But, the artist said that the country’s copyright law extends to changed customisations of the work as well as the original work. A cut of the work into smaller parts, after which the individual parts are placed in watches and offered for sale as ‘new works of art’, constitutes an infringement of the law, […]

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