Isgrò vs Waters: a landmark decision

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Isgrò vs Waters: a landmark decision

In the case pitting the famous artist Emilio Isgrò against Roger Waters charged with counterfeiting the notorious erasures of the artist an accord has been reached.

The case was largely covered by the social media and the press La Repubblica wrote “Roger copied in good faith”. La Sicilia (newpaper) wrote “Isgrò forgives Roger Waters”.

Il Messaggero titled “Peace is made between Roger Waters and the artist Emilio Isgrò”.

The artist, counseled by Salvatore Trifirò and Francesco Autelitano, had sued Waters for copyrights infringements for the cover of his album “Is this the life we really want”, using the trade mark erasures of the artist particularly the cycle of works titled “Cancellature del 1964”.

The cover of the album used the same technique of canceling words on pages. The cover almost slavishly copied the cancellation technique save for the text of the album.

The Court of Cassation has repeatedly stated that “the work of invention is protected provided it is recognized as an act of creation, with the consequence that creativity cannot be excluded only because the work consists in simple ideas and notions”.

This ruling in itself protects the work of the artist. Also, it is clear that the album cover is a case of plagiarism by means of counterfeiting.

The existence of differences alongside similarities does not preclude plagiarism.

The Court of Milan on Intellectual Property decided to stop commercialization of the album and fixed at 100 euro every violation.

To close the dispute at international level the Court recognized that Roger Waters was in good faith and the latter   recognized Isgrò as the father of Cancellatura and as a great Italian artist.

The case is a landmark decision that sets a precedent in Intellectual Property infringements.

 

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