Italy Up in Arms!
This is just too funny. A U.S. gun manufacturer’s use of Michelangelo’s David has Italy up in arms.
Italy’s cultural minister, Dario Franceschini, has gone on record to say that the use of David to sell bolt-action rifles is offensive and violated the law. Franceschini also added, “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.”
Good luck with that “legal” argument in the U.S. Aside from the fact that David is no longer under copyright (was it ever?), and the fact that there’s this little thing called The First Amendment, there’s also a practical matter to overcome – jurisdiction. Now I don’t know, but something tells me that ArmaLite, a 60-year-old Illinois-based small arms engineering company, has no presence or does business in Italy. Readers, please correct me if I’m wrong on any of the above.
Let’s see what happens.
Via the BBC.