Just Above Sunset
May 30, 2004 - Adventures in Intellectual Property Rights
I thought my friends in France would get a kick out of this first item. The French gave us the big lady with the torch in New York harbor. It seems they gave Rio de Janeiro that big concrete statue of Jesus up on Corcovado. Very impressive. The French do commemorative statues well. They give them away as gifts. And now there is a licensing dispute regarding cheap souvenirs of this Rio statue. The French heirs want a big cut.
This is most curious. I do wonder that Henry, the writer below, may not be reliable, as he seems to think Rio is on the Pacific. But perhaps the story is true otherwise.
Would the families of Bertholdi and Eiffel now be thinking of suing folks in New York for a cut of the profits from hundred of thousands of miniature plastic Statues of Liberty?
Locals grouse as the French family of the iconic statue's sculptor seeks royalties.
Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2004
For 73 years, the colossal white figure
of Christ the Redeemer, this city's best-known icon, has gazed beatifically out to sea from its lofty perch on a mountain
high above the madding crowd. Visible from nearly every part of Rio, the giant statue with outstretched arms is such a ubiquitous
presence that residents, when asked who owns it, are prone to say, "Everybody."
that is a concern. Ah, those perfidious French!
You can click on the link for the whole history of the statue in Rio, and much detail regarding the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Brazil's independence from Portugal, in 1922.
But the things is vastly popular – and THAT is the problem.
Last year, more than 1 million visitors
hiked or rode a small train through the Tijuca forest up to the site. The views from the base of the landmark are breathtaking,
with sunshine glinting off tiny white buildings and the sapphire canvas of the Pacific [sic] Ocean below.
"His heirs hold the original sketch he made," said Christiane Ramonbordes of the Society of Authors in the Graphic and Plastic Arts, which represents the Landowskis in Paris. "Whether it's a historical monument or not doesn't change the exclusive rights to the work granted by the law to the heirs."
problem? It’s the merchandizing rights!
We’re talking millions of dollars here!
Well as one finds it difficult to make a living working these days. It seems to be that everyone is going to even greater lengths to think up clever ways of getting some money. C'est la vie.
Perhaps so. But this week we see this is not always the case:
Mon May 24, 9:50 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German historian said Sunday a distant relative of Adolf Hitler could sue the state of Bavaria for royalties from the Nazi dictator's book "Mein Kampf" but the retired Austrian engineer said he wants no part of it.
Werner Maser told Bild am Sonntag that Peter Raubal, whose father Leo Raubal was a nephew of Hitler, would have a strong chance of winning the copyright from Bavaria, which was given the German rights to the book by the postwar occupying powers.
"Peter Raubal is the only heir of Hitler that I know of," Maser said. "As the closest relative alive, he could claim royalties from Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf'. Raubal would have to sue Bavaria. I am quite certain he would win."
Hitler died with no immediate heirs but Leo Raubal was one of his half-sister Angela Raubal's children. Maser said Leo Raubal long considered such a lawsuit before his death in 1979. Bild am Sonntag said royalties could be worth millions of euros.
"Yes I know the whole story about Hitler's inheritance," Peter Raubal told Bild am Sonntag in what the paper said were his first public comments on the issue. "But I don't want to have anything to do with it. I will not do anything about it. I only want to be left alone." …
[ more details at the link… ]
Mmm.… Interesting, though I think if I was the guy, I would do something unorthodox like fighting Bavaria for the royalties, and then after winning, passing every penny on to any association or organization set up and still existing to aid WWII victims and their relatives.
Agreed. Why let the royalties go to waste?
First the dispute over the merchandizing rights to that French statue of Christ overlooking the bay in Rio, and then the business with who gets the royalties from Adolph Hitler’s famous book. And now this. Will it never end?
Saying credit for creating the character has long been misplaced, the clown authorities step in.
By Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press, May 28 2004
MILWAUKEE - There are no hand buzzers, trick flowers or balloon animals in this clown story. The issue is who
created Bozo the Clown - and the dispute is wiping the smile off some clowns' faces.
Well, that’s actually settled, even if someone is made quite unhappy.
Emma in France?
I am at a loss for words. Yes… completely "bozoed" !
It is amazing.
Milwaukee, one must recall, is not only the home of the International Clown Hall of Fame, it is the birthplace of Liberace. I haven’t visited the city in many decades, but it is now, it seems, becoming properly surreal. Time to go back.
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