Friday, August 12, 2022

City of Berlin Sued for Copyright Infringement

According to The Guardian, about 21 artists are suing the city of Berlin for copyright infringement.

In papers due to be filed at a Berlin court this week, the artists say they …  were offered €3,000 (£2,700) each by Berlin council to recreate their original murals after the site was overhauled for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall two years ago. The artists were told if they refused to comply, an urban renewal firm contracted by the council would whitewash their work and get someone else to re-create – or “forge”, according to the aggrieved artists – the originals.

The artists considered the €3,000 (approx $4,500) a measly amount, but would consider recreating their murals for a higher price. The lawsuit is scheduled to be filed today.

We’re wondering if Germany has a “moral rights” law similar to our very own Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990. We’ll find out and update you.

Via The Guardian.

UPDATE: May 12, 2011

Our friends Felix and Terry have provided an answer to my question above. See sections 12-14 of the German Copyright Law. Thanks guys!


Tags: , ,


No comments so far.
  • Leave a Reply
    Your gravatar
    Your Name


Clancco, Clancco: The Source for Art & Law,, and Art & Law are trademarks owned by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento. The views expressed on this site are those of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento and of the artists and writers who submit to They are not the views of any other organization, legal or otherwise. All content contained on or made available through is not intended to and does not constitute legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is formed, nor is anything submitted to treated as confidential.

Website Terms of Use, Privacy, and Applicable Law.

Switch to our mobile site