Joseph Clemson Posted March 9, 2014 Share Posted March 9, 2014 There's an interesting new item on the BBC website about the uproar caused by an American arms firm,ArmaLite, running an advertising campaign using an image of Michaelangelo's David statue, shown carrying their new rifle. I'll quote a bit of the BBC website text:He (Dario Franceschini , Italy's Culture Minister) said in a tweet: "The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign." Historical Heritage and Fine Arts Board curator Cristina Acidini has issued a legal notice to ArmaLite to withdraw the image, saying it distorts the artwork.The government says it has copyright on the commercial use of images of David. There may be arguments about tastefulness but I wonder about the legal aspect of this. Is there any internationally recognised legislation that addresses something like this? If there is an Italian law on the use of images of the statue, does it apply internationally? Does this case have any implications for us as photographers of old art works?It's not clear where the image they have used has come from and whether the basic image itself is the copyright item, though the wording of the article doesn't suggest that is the issue. I'm not anticipating being affected by something like this but I'm curious as to what other Alamy members think. (edited for formatting) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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