Thursday, August 26, 2004

Stretched Copyright

A court in Amsterdam has concluded today that a cigar salesman has violated the copyright of a woman by displaying her picture on the door of his shop. He suspected her of stealing. The salesman put up a photo of the 79 year old woman with the text "This woman has stolen here!". Her family claimed she suffered from Alzheimer and sued the salesman. The court decided that the woman "did not give permission to publish her portrait". It also noted that "publication of the picture contains an element of punishment" and leads people to play for judge.

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