William Klein vs./ John Galliano

On March 28, 2007, the John Galliano Company was severely condemned by the Paris Court of First Instance for an advertisement which reminded artistic
work of arts of W. Klein, known as “painted contacts”(this work used contact boards photos enlarged and decorated with painting color marks). The Court ordered that Galliano should pay € 200,000 for breaching the moral and patrimonial rights of W. Klein. This decision is highly reprehensible as:
– The judge is not normally empowered for urgent matters to rule originality of a work art and to pronounce the sentence of counterfeiting
– We can wonder if the sole principle of the “painted contacts” can be protected
– The amount of the deposit was fairly high
– The decision was published although the advertisement was removed.

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