Urheberrechtsgesetz /copyright
§ 32 a : Der s.g. Fairness Paragraph (Teilhabe... später mehr...)
Das neueste von der Kunst:
Es gibt den s.g.  "Maler-Fürsten", den s.g. "Bad-Boy"  und den/die "No-Boy - and Girls".
Und dann gibt es auch noch
"Das Phantom in der Kunst" - nicht zu verwechseln mit "Phantom in der Oper" (Theater-Stück bekanntlich).

Eigene Übersetzung zu Text weiter unten:
Das von einem Angestellten eingeschmuggelte Kunstwerk in eine deutsche Galerie (Pinakothek, München; Anm.) und die Geschichte dahinter.
Frühere Berichte versäumten zu erwähnen, dass diese spezielle Ausstellung, in welcher das Bild hing, gewidmet war mit  Fehler und Fehlfunktionen  in der Kunst,    mit dem Titel:
Panne: Über die Kunst der Einmischung, Störung"
 "Glitch: On the Art of Interference."

Eigene Anmerkung:
Vgl. auch:
Ausstellung in Linz an der Donau, Österreich:
"Die Irrfahrt der Bilder"...
Der 1. Teil wurde geschenkt 1954 ... der 2. Teil blieb allerdings UNBEKANNT  bis 2015...-und wie ging es dann weiter mit der "Irrfahrt" ???
Source: Theguardian. com 13.4.24
(Zuerst berichtete Süddeutsche Zeitung.)

Revealed: the artwork sneaked into a German gallery by an employee – and the story behind it
Technician, 51, who hung his own picture in an exhibition about art world glitches, has been sacked and given a three-year ban

Philip Oltermann European culture editor
Sat 13 Apr 2024 14.27 CEST
The first picture that greeted visitors to the first-floor exhibition space in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne gallery on 23 February may not have immediately grabbed their attention.

The 60cm by 120cm artwork was a retro-looking photograph of a family of four, with the background and parts of the faces and bodies roughly painted over in white. It was unassuming compared with the video- and photo-based artworks in the adjacent rooms, but only on closer inspection might visitors have wondered why there was no label giving the artist or the work’s title.

The real reason only became public last week: the nameless painting, the content of which has not been previously made public, was not the work of a modern master selected by the curators, but the creation of a 51-year-old technical worker employed by the museum, who had sneaked it into the show in the early hours of the morning.

The Pinakothek, which has one of Europe’s largest collections of modern and contemporary art, removed the painting after closing time, sacked the technician and kept quiet about the incident.

Pinakothek der Moderne has a major collection of contemporary art

When news of the stunt found its way to the German press via a police report last Monday, the museum downplayed it. “A little hoax, a trifling matter,” a spokesperson said. A first report in Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper framed the incident as a wannabe-artist seeking an “artistic breakthrough” by putting himself in the company of Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and others.

But museum insiders say that far from being a brazen shot at fame, the artwork was meant as a critical intervention by one of the people who help make exhibitions happen but usually remain invisible, designed to provoke debate about elitism in the art world.

Early reports failed to mention that the special exhibition in which the picture was hung was all about errors and malfunctions in art, and called Glitch: On the Art of Interference.

Its aim, according to the catalogue, was to “uncover normative orders and sociopolitical disparities” and “make visible what is invisible”.

“The motive behind smuggling that picture into the exhibition was to see if the directors of the museum were prepared to practise what they preach”, said one person familiar with the events. “It was an artistic challenge. The technician who hung up the picture wasn’t lusting for fame.”

A sculpture by US artist John Chamberlain at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne
View image in fullscreen (Eigene Anmerkung: Hier nicht sichtbar; here not visible.)
The curator of the Glitch exhibition said developing the show had taught her to accept imperfections and accidents. “Who is to determine what is perfect?” she told Bavarian Sunday paper Sonntagsblatt. “When dealing with mishaps, it’s quite possible to show a degree of serenity.”

In dealing with an unwanted painting, however, the Pinakothek found serenity harder to come by. It said the technician, who worked part-time at the museum, had been barred from all Bavarian State Painting Collections galleries for three years and had signed a “dissolution agreement”. These nullify an employee’s contract, but often also contain confidentiality clauses.

So far, the technician-artist has neither been named nor commented on the affair. A spokesperson for the Pinakothek last week declined to either name the employee nor describe his picture, for fear of “encouraging copycat pranksters”.

In a statement later in the week, the museum rejected the idea that hanging the picture was an “artistic intervention”, because no hurdles had been overcome; it was merely a breach of trust.

“Employees must comply with security concepts and not jeopardise valuable cultural heritage,” it added. A criminal complaint against the technician for damage to property was withdrawn in March.

The Pinakothek did not respond when asked if its dealings with the affair were at odds with the message of its exhibition.

Curators of an exhibition in Bonn last year took a very different approach. When taking down a temporary exhibition entitled Who We Are – Reflecting a Country of Immigration, they were surprised to find an extra painting on their hands. They put out a message on social media saying: “We think this is funny and would like to know the artist. So get in touch! There will be no trouble. Word of honour.”

The artist, Danai Emmanouilidis, came forward and saw her painting fetch €3,696 at auction in Cologne.


26.01. 2024, Seite 10.

"Verschollenes Klimt-Werk könnte 70 Mio. erzielen""
Titel: "Bildnis Fräulein Lieser"  (Eigene Anmerkung: "Fräulein" darf man heutzutage bekanntlich nicht mehr sagen...).

"...Lange befand sich es sich im Verborgenen. Seit Mitte der 1960er hing das Gemälde  in einem Salon einer Villa bei Wien.
Es wurde fachkundig gereinigt  und wird am 24. April versteigert...in 2 Wochen soll eine Tour mit Stationen in der Schweiz, Deutschland, Großbritannien und Hongkong folgen..."

Eigene Anmerkung:
Der chinesischer Sammler vielleicht ???
2 gestohlene Kunstwerke von Chagall  und Picasso in einem Antwerpener Keller gefunden.
Monatelange verdeckte Polizei Aktion entdeckt die 2  von einem Tel Aviver Kunsthändler vor 14 Jahren gestohlenen Gemälde...


Stolen Chagall and Picasso artworks found in Antwerp basement
Months-long covert police operation recovers paintings stolen from Tel Aviv art collector 14 years ago

Philip Oltermann European culture editor
@phili...(Hier nicht möglich. Eigene Anmerkung.)
Wed 17 Jan 2024 18.16 CET
Two paintings by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso have been recovered from a basement in the Belgian city of Antwerp, 14 years after they were stolen from an art collector in Israel.

The two artworks, a cubist portrait by Picasso known simply as Tête and Chagall’s L’homme en prière, showing a man praying, were stolen in February 2010 from a Tel Aviv villa owned by the Herzikovich family.

At the time, the two paintings were valued at $900,000 (£710,000). In the same heist, burglars also removed jewellery worth $680,000 from a safe, which has never been recovered.

Investigators achieved a breakthrough in their decade-long search for the painting at the end of 2022, when Belgian police received a tipoff that an art dealer in the Walloon capital of Namur was offering the two paintings for sale.
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In a covert operation lasting several months, police tracked the movements of the suspect, a 68-year-old Israeli luxury watch dealer referred to by Belgian police as “Daniel Z”.

When federal police raided the suspect’s home last week at the request of the prosecutor, they found a significant amount of money, but not the paintings.

Detail from L'homme en priere by Marc Chagall.
Detail from L'homme en priere by Marc Chagall. (Foto hier nicht sichtbar; eigene Anmerkung.

“The checks and police resources implemented during 2023 made it possible to establish that the suspect was indeed in possession of the works sought and that he could have them at his home or at the home of one of his relations,” police officials told the French-language Belgian daily Le Soir.

“Although confessing to possessing the paintings, the suspect refused to communicate where he had stored them.”

After widening their search to Antwerp and a building that previously housed an art dealership linked to past cases of stolen paintings, investigators recovered two wooden boxes with screwed-down lids containing the stolen artworks.

The paintings were undamaged and still in their original frames, police said. The main suspect was charged with receiving two paintings and placed under arrest.

Uniqlo verklagt  Shein wegen  "Nachahmung" der  bananenförmigen "it"-Tasche.
Ein Antrag fordert  vom chinesischen  Online-Händler Shein
 den unverzüglichen Verkaufsstopp der Taschen
   und   Entschädigung für  entstandene,erlittene Schäden.

Ähnliche Copy Right  Verletzungen/ Beschwerden  eingereicht vorher schon von H&M, Chrome Hearts...


Uniqlo sues Shein over ‘imitation’ banana-shaped ‘it’ bag
Petition demands online retailer stop immediate sale of bags and compensation for damages incurred

Business live – latest updates
Sarah Butler
@wha,, (eigene Anmerkung: hier nicht möglich.)

Wed 17 Jan 2024 15.46 CET
Uniqlo is suing the Chinese online retailer Shein over the sale of items it claims copy its popular banana-shaped it-bag, the “round mini”.

The petition demands Shein immediately stop the sale of “the imitation products” and compensation for damages incurred as a result of their sale. It was filed last month in the Tokyo district court against the fast-growing business’s parent groups Roadget and Fashion Choice, as well as Shein Japan.

Uniqlo said it had filed the complaint “because it has determined that the form of the imitation products sold by Shein closely resembles that of its own product, and that the sale of the imitation products by Shein significantly undermines the high level of customer confidence in the quality of the Uniqlo brand and its products”.

Person holds a phone with a Boohoo logo in the background
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The Japanese company said it “takes a resolute stance against any act that infringes on its intellectual property and will take appropriate measures in response, including legal action”.

A spokesperson for Shein said: “Shein respects the intellectual property rights of others and takes all claims of infringement seriously. We are currently investigating this matter.”

The bag sells for £14.90 and is called “the Mary Poppins bag” for its ability to fit in a surprising amount of items. It has become Uniqlo’s bestselling bag of all time, selling out seven times last year.

Originally released in April 2022, the bag first went viral when the TikTok user @caitlin.....(Hier nicht möglich. Eigene Anmerkung.)
 posted a 43-second video of herself unpacking her items. They included: a tin of lip balm, a packet of biscuits, a wallet, keys, phone charger, hair clip, over-ear headphones, a camera, a bottle of perfume and her EpiPen. It has been watched more than 700,000 times.

The bag is made of nylon, measures 28cm x 17cm, is available in at least 10 different colours or prints and can be worn on the shoulder or crossbody style.

The action by Uniqlo comes as Shein, which was founded in China in 2008 and sells its low-cost clothes to more than 150 countries, is fighting a growing number of copyright complaints.

Last summer, the Swedish brand H&M filed a copyright lawsuit in Hong Kong against Shein. The accessories and apparel brand Chrome Hearts filed a similar complaint in September.

That same month the Observer spoke to three independent designers who claimed Shein had copied their designs and a further three independent designers, Krista Perry, Larissa Martinez and Jay Baron, filed a suit in the US alleging that Shein sold “exact copies” of their work and that doing this is “part and parcel of Shein’s ‘design’ process and organisational DNA”.

Shein has previously said it had taken steps to prevent infringement, including by its suppliers and marketplace sellers. It said an expanded US product review team and investment in image recognition technology had reduced infringement claims.

The company was founded in China by the entrepreneur Chris Xu and its headquarters are now in Singapore. Shein has grown rapidly by marketing extremely cheap items that quickly jump on trends via social media.

In November, Shein reportedly filed papers flagging a planned US stock market listing that would value the company at up to $90bn (£71bn) and last week was reported to have sought permission from the Chinese government for that plan.

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London: Ein Bansky Kunstwerk gestohlen innerhalb weniger als einer Stunde nachdem es als Original Bansky Installation bestätigt worden war...

theguardian. com

Banksy artwork stolen less than an hour after unveiling in south London
Piece showing three aircraft on stop sign in Peckham was confirmed as genuine by the artist on Instagram

Robyn Vinter and agency
Fri 22 Dec 2023 16.51 CET
Two men have been filmed taking an artwork created by Banksy from a south London street less than an hour after it was confirmed as a genuine installation.

The artist confirmed the piece – a traffic stop sign covered with three aircraft said to resemble military drones – was his in a social media post on Friday shortly after midday.

In a video shared on social media, onlookers watch as two men are seen taking down the sign at the intersection of Southampton Way and Commercial Way in Peckham at about 12.30pm.

Witnesses can be heard saying “oh my god” in the background of the video as one of men takes the stop sign and runs off, with one woman’s voice saying “it makes me so annoyed”.

It is understood Banksy was not behind the removal.

A selection of photos had been uploaded to the artist’s Instagram page without a caption or explanation, confirming its authenticity.

Due to the prominence of the artist, selling a stolen Banksy can be difficult. Last year, three men in their 30s were imprisoned in France for the theft and handling of a Banksy painting paying homage to the victims of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Six months later, in a separate incident, eight people were detained over the theft of a mural painted by the elusive street artist from a wall on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said.

Banksy will issue certificates of authenticity to artworks that are not deemed to be stolen or improperly taken into private hands, through the artist’s Pest Control team, which handles authentication.

In 2019, a man who took a Banksy sculpture from a plinth in central London contacted the police after it was stolen from him and popped up at Sotheby’s auction house.

The auction notes for The Drinker stated the work was “mysteriously retrieved” suggesting it was taken by Banksy or his associates and, after consulting the police, Sotherby’s said it was satisfied the seller had a legal right to put the piece up for auction.

The aircraft on the stop sign resembled those from Banksy’s 2017 artwork Civilian Drone Strike, which depicted a trio of drones bombing a childlike drawing of a house. It was auctioned at Art The Arms Fair and raised £205,000 for Reprieve and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Banksy has installed some other pieces this year, including Valentine’s Day Mascara, a mural weighing 3.8 tonnes, which appeared on the side of a house in Margate, Kent, on Valentine’s Day. The mural depicted a 1950s housewife with a swollen eye and missing tooth, wearing an apron and yellow washing-up gloves, and throwing a man into a chest freezer.

In September, it was placed in the foyer of the Art of Banksy exhibition in Regent Street, central London, where it can be viewed for free.
Vgl. auch:

Kunstdieb(e)  bei Anselm Kiefer (nahe Paris) vor einigen Wochen...

Ein Weihnbachtsmann  -  2,2 meter hoch, 60 kg schwer- aus einem Vorgarten gestohlen vor ca.2 Wochen...

7.12. 2023
Seite 12.
Linz/Donau,  Österreich:

"Mit einem Schlag 3.000 Werke mehr"
Linzer Kunstmuseum LENTOS erhielt
fast 3000 Kunstwerke - von ca. 700 Künstlern -
von  dem Unternehmer und Kunstsammler E. H.
geschenkt ...


Die größte Menge gefälschter Waren in der US-Geschichte in New York beschlagnahmt...
(Eigene Anmerkung: Die Namen sind hier nicht vollständig erwähnt.)


Two arrested after US storage facility emptied of $1bn in ‘massive amounts of knock-off designer goods’
US attorney says two men from New York indicted in the ‘largest-ever seizure of counterfeit goods in US history’

Jenna Amatulli
Thu 16 Nov 2023 14.37 CET
Federal prosecutors arrested two men on Wednesday and seized more than 200,000 counterfeit handbags, clothes, and other luxury items worth $1.03bn, making it “the largest-ever seizure of counterfeit goods in US history”.

The indictments of A...  S....  and A..... J.... were unsealed this week, revealing both men had been charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

US attorney D.... W.....said in a statement that “the defendants used a Manhattan storage facility as a distribution center for massive amounts of knock-off designer goods. The seizures announced today consist of merchandise with over a billion dollars in estimated retail value, the largest-ever seizure of counterfeit goods in US history”.

From Queens and Manhattan, New York, respectively, S..., 38, and J...., 48, are each facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

S... and J..... “large-scale goods trafficking operations” took place out of a storage facility in Manhattan, while J.... also trafficked through an offsite location also in Manhattan. Seizure of the storage unit resulted in 83,000 items valued at over $502m being taken while J...offsite
resulted in the seizure of “over 50,000 counterfeit items” valued at over $237m.

Photos of the spaces, shared alongside W....statement, depicted a plethora of bags, clothing, and more in either boxes or even seen strewn over ceiling pipes.

I.A...., special agent in charge of homeland security investigations praised the findings in a statement, claiming it “underscores the unwavering commitment of HSI New York in the fight against intellectual property (eigene Übersetzung: geistiges Eigentum)
theft and serves as a testament to the dedication of our team and partner agencies, who have tirelessly pursued justice, culminating in the largest-ever seizure of this kind”.

It’s illegal in the US to purchase counterfeit goods or bring them into the country. US customs and border control says doing so “could result in civil or criminal penalties and purchasing counterfeit goods often supports criminal activities, such as forced labor or human trafficking”.

(Eigene Übersetzung: ....oftmals unterstützen kriminelle Aktivitäten wie Zwangsarbeit und Menschenhandel.)

18. 11. 2023: Anmerkung zu Text unten: Nichts mehr gelesen ....

Betrug mit Pay-TV-Zugängen: Festnahmen auch in Salzburg
Ermittler sprengen internationales Netzwerk
symb_fernsehen symb_paytv PIXABAY
Nachdem ein Betrugsnetzwerk mit Pay-TV-Accounts aufgeflogen ist, gab es auch in Salzburg Festnahmen. ...
Veröffentlicht: 24. Oktober 2023 12:53  Uhr

Ein internationales Betrugsnetzwerk, das illegale Pay-TV-Zugänge zu Spottpreisen vertrieb, haben Ermittler jetzt gesprengt. Auch in Salzburg gab es Festnahmen. Der Schaden dürfte laut einem Experten "in die Milliarden" gehen.

Ermittler des Bundeskriminalamts haben in Zusammenarbeit mit mehreren Landeskriminalämtern ein internationales Betrugsnetzwerk, das illegale Pay-TV-Zugänge für Sender wie Sky oder DAZN zu Schleuderpreisen vertrieb, ausgeforscht. In Österreich – auch in Salzburg – nahmen die Beamtinnen und Beamten heuer im Zuge von Razzien 20 Verdächtige fest und beschlagnahmten Bankguthaben in Gesamthöhe von 1,6 Millionen Euro. 80 Personen in Deutschland und Österreich wurden ausgeforscht.

Betrug mit Pay-TV-Zugängen "völlig neues Phänomen"
Der Fall sei auch für die Ermittler ungewöhnlich, hieß es auf einem Medientermin im Bundeskriminalamt. Manuel Scherscher, Abteilungsleiter für Betrug und Wirtschaftskriminalität, sprach von "einem völlig neuen Phänomen dieser Qualität". Ins Rollen kamen die Ermittlungen 2022 nach der Anzeige eines großen Pay-TV-Unternehmens in Deutschland wegen Urheberrechtsverletzungen. "Die Zugänge wurden von einem Onlinevertreiber illegal angeboten", erklärte der leitende Ermittler Gabriel K. vor Medienvertretern. Die Spur führte die deutschen Beamten nach Österreich. Via Rechtshilfeersuchen kam der Ermittlungsakt über die Staatsanwaltschaft Wiener Neustadt zum Bundeskriminalamt.

20 Verdächtige festgenommen
Im Zuge von zwei groß angelegten Razzien im heurigen Frühjahr und im Spätsommer nahmen bis zu 40 Ermittler in Wien, Niederösterreich, Tirol, Vorarlberg und Salzburg 20 Verdächtige fest, beschlagnahmten 60 Bankkonten, einen Audi-Sportwagen sowie 55 elektronische Datenträger. Die Männer stehen im Verdacht, zwischen 2016 und 2023 geschützte und verschlüsselte TV-Signale entschlüsselt und illegal zum Spottpreis von rund 100 Euro verkauft zu haben. Über Zwischenhändler innerhalb eines mehrstufigen Systems gelangten die Accounts zu nochmals günstigeren Konditionen an die Endkunden. Ein legales Jahresabo bei einem großen Anbieter kostet laut K. mehr als 600 Euro. Insgesamt seien zahlreiche große Streaming-TV-Anbieter betroffen. "Der Schaden geht in die Milliarden", erklärte Scherscher.

Ermittler K. verwies in dem Mediengespräch auf das technische Know-how der Männer, "Um so etwas zu tun, muss man sehr viel IT-Wissen mitbringen. Das ist bei allen der Fall", so K. Die Verdächtigen hätten unter anderem Informatik-Studien oder entsprechende HTL-Zweige abgeschlossen, sagte der Beamte. Der Fall sei auch insbesondere wegen bevorstehenden Sport-Großereignissen wie der Fußball-EM 2024 brisant, ergänzte er.

K. betonte im Zuge des Gesprächs auch, dass er und seine Kolleginnen und Kollegen davon ausgehen, dass allein drei festgenommene Hauptverdächtige einen Gewinn von mehr als elf Millionen Euro erzielten. Sie sollen unter anderem luxuriöse Immobilien gekauft oder sich an mehreren Unternehmen beteiligt haben, um das erwirtschaftete Geld zu waschen. Ebenfalls seien mit dem Gewinn andere Luxusgüter wie Sportwagen beschafft worden.

Betrüger werben auf TikTok und Facebook
Für die illegalen Pay-TV-Zugänge wurde unter anderem auf Online-Plattformen wie TikTok oder Facebook geworben. Das Betrugsnetzwerk selbst vergrößerte sich durch Mundpropaganda, wobei auch einzelne Endkunden durch Anwerbung als sogenannte Reseller rekrutiert worden seien. In Österreich seien insgesamt 15 Reseller mit jeweils zwischen 300 und 2.500 Endkunden ausgeforscht worden, hieß es von K. Das Täternetzwerk bestand laut Bundeskriminalamt ausschließlich aus türkischen Staatsbürgern.

Zahlen zu den Endabnehmern sind noch nicht bekannt. Die Ermittlungen konzentrieren sich aktuell vor allem auf das Netzwerk an Tätern. Scherscher warnte potenzielle Endkunden jedoch davor, sich in falscher Sicherheit zu wiegen. "Wenn man so einen illegalen Zugang kauft, dann ist das für uns durch die Ermittlungen nachvollziehbar", so der Spitzenbeamte.

Die Behörden ermitteln nun unter anderem wegen gewerbsmäßigen Betruges, Geldwäsche und Bildung einer kriminellen Vereinigung gegen die Betrugsbande. "Aufgrund der Digitalisierung haben sich neue Deliktsfelder im Bereich der Internetkriminalität entwickelt. Nicht nur Privatpersonen sondern auch Firmen können von sogenannten Massenphänomen betroffen sein, wie dieser Fall zeigt", unterstrich Bundeskriminalamtsdirektor Andreas Holzer.

(Quelle: APA)

Österreich: 8.9. 2021.

Deutschland: 7. 6. 2021:
Vgl. dazu unten im Text: Verjährung... hätte früher Klage einreichen müssen...
Anmerkung: Da gab es aber noch keine rechtlichen Möglichkeiten...

Hier u.a.:
§ 32
§ 32 a ...
§ 32 b ...
§ 32 c : für später bekannte Nutzugsarten..

  Urheber-Rechtsstreit in Berlin:


"Keinohrhasen" und "Zweiohrküken" Anika Decker vs. Til Schweiger - Drehbuchautorin gewinnt vor Gericht
Mi 27.09.23 | 16:00 Uhr | Von Jonas Wintermantel
  Eigene Anerkung: Foto hier nicht sichtbar.

Anika Decker hat den jahrelangen Rechtsstreit gegen die Produzenten von "Keinohrhasen" und "Zweiohrküken" gewonnen. Finanziell wird sie wohl kaum profitieren. Doch es geht um mehr als nur um Geld. Von Jonas Wintermantel

Nun steht es fest: Der Drehbuchautorin Anika Decker steht eine höhere Beteiligung an den Gesamteinnahmen aus Til Schweigers Filmen "Keinohrhasen" und "Zweiohrküken" zu. Das hat das Landgericht Berlin am Mittwoch entschieden. Konkret geht es um 183.000 Euro.

(Eigene Anmerkung: Ihre ursprüngliche Forderung: 2 Millionen Euro...reduziert wegen Verjährung...siehe unten im Text.)

Doch: Decker wird sich nur kurz freuen können - finanziell wird sie von dem Urteil kaum profitieren. Der Großteil ihrer Ansprüche ist laut Urteil verjährt. Auch die Prozesskosten für das insgesamt fünfjährige Verfahren wird sie selbst tragen müssen. Das Urteil ist nicht rechtskräftig – die Beteiligten können dagegen Berufung einlegen.
Worum ging es in dem Fall?

Der Rechtsstreit zwischen der Drehbuchautorin Anika Decker und der Produktionsfirma "Barefoot Films" sowie "Warner Bros." lief bereits seit 2018. Vordergründig ging es dabei um eine höhere Beteiligung an den Einnahmen aus Schweigers Kinofilmen "Keinohrhasen" (2007) und "Zweiohrküken" (2009).

Decker und ihr Anwalt stützten sich mit ihrer Klage auf den sogenannten "Fairness-Paragrafen" im Urheberrechtsgesetz. Dieser gewährt Kreativen seit 2002 eine angemessene Beteiligung etwa an Filmerfolgen, wenn die Vergütung (wie in diesem Fall für die Autorin) im "auffälligen Missverhältnis" zu den Einnahmen aus dem Film steht.

Anhaltspunkte dafür stellte das Gericht bereits im Februar 2022 fest. Anika Decker war für "Keinohrhasen" mit 50.000 Euro vergütet worden, für "Zweiohrküken" mit 157.000 Euro. Für das Gericht war klar: Hier ist ein "auffälliges Missverhältnis" gegeben.

Eigene Anmerkung: Foto hier nicht sichtbar.

    Drehbuchautor Volker Zahn (Quelle: dpa/Tobias Hase)
    dpa/Tobias Hase
    Drehbuchautor Volker Zahn über Decker vs. Schweiger "Das ist ein wegweisendes Urteil"

Wurde Decker angemessen beteiligt?

Ein großer Erfolg waren beide Filme ohne jeden Zweifel. "Keinohrhasen" war 2008 der erfolgreichste Film in den deutschen Kinos, "Zweiohrküken" 2009 die meistverkaufte DVD im Land. "Keinohrhasen" spielte in den Kinos 70 Millionen, "Zweiohrküken" rund 43 Millionen Euro ein.

Decker kämpfte vor Gericht mit einer sogenannten Stufenklage. In einer ersten Stufe verlangte sie von "Barefoot Films" und "Warner Bros." Auskunft über die Einnahmen des Films – in den Kinos, aber auch durch DVD-Verkäufe, Fernsehen und Streaming-Dienste.

Das Landgericht Berlin gab Decker 2020 Recht – und damit war der Weg frei für die zweite Stufe des Verfahrens und um die Frage, wie viel Geld der Drehbuchautorin zustehen könnte.
Wer hat‘s geschrieben?

Um die Frage nach Ansprüchen klären zu können, musste das Gericht zunächst feststellen, ob Anika Decker überhaupt die (Haupt-)Autorin der Drehbücher gewesen ist – beziehungsweise wie hoch ihr Anteil an der Leistung war.

"Barefoot Films" argumentierte vor Gericht, die Drehbücher beider Filme seien in Zusammenarbeit zwischen Til Schweiger und Anika Decker entstanden. Auch während der Promotionsphase der Kinofilme wurden die beiden als Autoren-Paar präsentiert. In der Verhandlung zeigte sich jedoch: Schweiger hatte nur gut eine Woche mit Decker am Drehbuch gearbeitet und vor allem persönliche Anekdoten beigetragen.

Das Gericht sah das ähnlich und bestätigte Decker als Haupt-Autorin der Drehbücher.

Problem: Verjährung

Decker wird aus ihrem juristischen Erfolg vor dem Gericht jedoch kaum finanzielle Vorteile ziehen können. Der Hauptgrund dafür ist die Verjährung ihrer Ansprüche. "Sie hätte viel früher Klage erheben müssen", sagte der Vorsitzende Richter Rolf Danckwerts bei der Urteilsverkündung im Berliner Landgericht.

Denn: Besteht im Urheberrecht der Verdacht einer unangemessenen Vergütung, muss die Urheberin innerhalb von drei Jahren auf Auskunft klagen. Anika Decker hat allerdings erst 2018 Klage eingereicht – also gut zehn Jahre nach den Kinostarts von "Keinohrhasen" und "Zweiohrküken".

Decker und ihrem Anwalt ging es daher vordergründig nicht um die Erlöse aus den Kinofilmen, sondern vielmehr um die Anteile an den sogenannten "Folgeauswertungen", also um Einnahmen, die etwa durch Streaming, DVD-Verkäufe oder Fernseh-Ausspielungen generiert wurden. Aber auch für eine Beteiligung an diesen späteren Einnahmen war Decker spät dran.
Ein Urteil mit Signalwirkung?

Wie viel Geld am Ende für Decker übrigbleiben wird, ist noch unklar. Auch über eine mögliche Berufung der verschiedenen Parteien ist noch nichts bekannt.

Das Urteil könnte in jedem Fall Signalwirkung entfalten, denn es stärkt die Rechte von Drehbuchautorinnen und Drehbuchautoren bei herausragenden Erfolgen ihrer Werke. Ob weitere Kreative dem Beispiel Deckers folgen werden, bleibt abzuwarten.

Sendung: rbb24 Inforadio, 27.09.2023, 15:00

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New York: Museen restituieren freiwillig Schiele-Werke an Grünbaum-Erben

Der Fall gilt als einer der komplexesten der Restitionsgeschichte: Die Sammlung des 1941 im KZ Dachau ermordeten Kabarettisten Fritz Grünbaum. Seit 20 Jahren fordern die Erben eine Rückgabe. 2010 wie 2015 sprach der österreichische Rückgabebeirat allerdings für zehn dieser Werke Egon Schieles, die sich in Albertina und Leopold Museum befinden, keine Empfehlung zur Restitution aus. Die Werke sind bis heute im Besitz der Museen.

Gleichzeit strengten die Grünbaum-Erben aber auch in den USA Klagen an. Voriges Jahr erfolgreich: Der in London situierte Kunsthändler Richard Nagy wurde zur Herausgabe zweier Schiele-Bilder an die rechtmäßigen Erben sowie zur Bezahlung von Schadenersatz und Zinsen verpflichtet; er hatte die Werke auf einer Messe angeboten. Kurz darauf wurde in New York eine weitere Klage der Erben eingebracht, in der sie weitere Rückgaben von Schiele-Werken forderten, darunter auch zehn von Österreich, darunter zwei Blätter aus der Albertina sowie das Gemälde „Tote Stadt III“ und sieben Blätter aus der Leopold Museums Privatstiftung. Drei Zeichnungen wurden daraufhin in Museen in Chicago, Pittsburgh und Ohio beschlagnahmt.

Gestern, Mittwoch, kam es in New York zu einem Knalleffekt in dieser Causa, einer symbolträchtigen Zeremonie, wie die New York Times berichtet: Sieben Schiele-Arbeiten wurden im Büro des Bezirksstaatsanwalts von Manhattan freiwillig, wie es heißt, von mehreren Museen und Privatsammlern den Grünbaum-Erben übergeben. Vom Museum of Modern Art, der Morgan Library, dem Santa Barbara Museum of Art sowie Ronald S. Lauder und dem Nachlass von Serge Sabarsky. Letzterer hat ein weiteres Schiele-Werk bereits zuvor retourniert. Lauder betont in einem Statement, dass es ihm eine Ehre sei, die Erben bei ihren Bemühungen, das Erbe Fritz Grünbaums zurückzugewinnen, zu unterstützen.

Mindestens sechs der Zeichnungen sollen laut „New York Times“ dieses Jahr noch bei Christie‘s in New York versteigert werden. Die Erträge, so Erbe Reif, werden in eine neue Grünbaum-Stiftung fließen, die junge Musiker unterstützen soll. (red.)

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"Zehn teure
Nitsch-Werke wurden in Wien gestohlen"
Bundeskriminalamt fahndet nach Bildern.
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Der Fall T. (bekannter österreichischer Schauspieler) und sein ebenso bekannter Staranwalt M.:
T.: 2 Jahre bedingt (=Bewährung)...

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 hatten bereits 2018 gerichtlichen Erfolg erzielt, auch in Bezug auf andere Werke von Egon Schiele ...


Schiele artworks believed stolen during Holocaust seized from US museums

Works by Austrian expressionist were formerly owned by entertainer who died in concentration camp
Associated Press in New York
Fri 15 Sep 2023 08.25 BST
Last modified on Fri 15 Sep 2023 08.39 BST

Three artworks believed stolen during the Holocaust from a Jewish art collector and entertainer have been seized from museums in three different states by New York law enforcement authorities.

The artworks by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele were previously owned by Fritz Grünbaum, a cabaret performer and songwriter who died at the Dachau concentration camp in 1941.

The art was seized on Wednesday from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Warrants issued by the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, say there is reasonable cause to believe the three artworks are stolen property.

The three works, and others from the collection, which Grünbaum began assembling in the 1920s, are already the subject of civil litigation on behalf of his heirs. They believe the entertainer was forced to cede ownership of his artworks under duress.

Manhattan prosecutors believe they have jurisdiction in all of the cases because the artworks were bought and sold by Manhattan art dealers at some point.

The son of a Jewish art dealer in what was then Moravia, Grünbaum studied law but began performing in cabarets in Vienna in 1906.

A well-known performer in Vienna and Berlin by the time Adolf Hitler rose to power, Grünbaum challenged the Nazi authorities in his work. He once quipped from a darkened stage, “I can’t see a thing, not a single thing; I must have stumbled into national socialist culture.”

Grünbaum was arrested and sent to Dachau in 1938. He gave his final performance for fellow inmates on New Year’s Eve 1940 while gravely ill, and died on 14 January 1941.

The three pieces seized by Bragg’s office are Russian War Prisoner, a watercolour and pencil-on-paper piece valued at $1.25m (£1m), which was seized from the Art Institute; Portrait of a Man, a pencil-on-paper drawing valued at $1m and seized from the Carnegie; and Girl With Black Hair, a watercolour and pencil-on-paper work valued at $1.5m and taken from Oberlin.

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Girl With Black Hair
Girl With Black Hair, which was seized from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio. Photograph: HONS/AP

The works will remain at the museums until they can be transported to the district attorney’s office.

The Art Institute said in a statement on Thursday: “We are confident in our legal acquisition and lawful possession of this work. The piece is the subject of civil litigation in federal court, where this dispute is being properly litigated and where we are also defending our legal ownership.”

The Carnegie said it was committed to “acting in accordance with ethical, legal, and professional requirements and norms” and would cooperate with the authorities.

In a statement, Oberlin said it was cooperating with investigators and was “confident that Oberlin College legally acquired Egon Schiele’s Girl with Black Hair in 1958, and that we lawfully possess it”.

“We believe that Oberlin is not the target of the Manhattan DA’s criminal investigation into this matter,” the statement added.

Before the warrants were issued, Grünbaum’s heirs had filed civil claims against the three museums and several other defendants seeking the return of artworks they say were looted from Grünbaum.

They won a victory in 2018 when a New York judge ruled that two works by Schiele had to be turned over to Grünbaum’s heirs under the Holocaust Expropriated Recovery Act, passed by Congress in 2016.

In that case, the attorney for the London art dealer Richard Nagy said Nagy was the rightful owner of the works because Grünbaum’s sister-in-law, Mathilde Lukacs, had sold them after his death. But Judge Charles Ramos ruled that there was no evidence that Grünbaum had voluntarily transferred the artworks to Lukacs.

“A signature at gunpoint cannot lead to a valid conveyance,” he wrote.

Raymond Dowd, the attorney for the heirs in their civil proceedings, referred questions about the seizure of the three works on Wednesday to the district attorney’s office.

The actions taken by Bragg’s office follow the seizures of what investigators said were looted antiquities from museums in Cleveland and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Douglas Cohen, a spokesperson for the district attorney, said he could not comment on the artworks seized except to say that they were part of an ongoing investigation.


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Athen kämpft um die Wiedererlangung unzähliger geraubter Kunstwerke und Antiquitäten, die auf der ganzen Welt verstreut sind.

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Seit 2006 ermitteln die Behörden, doch erst jetzt erhält Griechenland wertvolle Antiquitäten zurück. Diese hatten sich im Besitz einer berüchtigten Kunsthandelsfirma befunden, die derzeit liquidiert wird. Die Stücke stammen aus der Jungsteinzeit bis zur byzantinischen Zeit.

Nach einem langen Rechtsstreit hat Griechenland 351 wertvolle geraubte Antiquitäten wieder zurückerlangt. Wie das Kulturministerium in Athen mitteilte, befanden sich die Schätze im Besitz der berüchtigten britischen Kunsthandelsfirma Robin Symes Limited, die derzeit liquidiert wird. Die Stücke stammen aus der Jungsteinzeit bis zur byzantinischen Zeit. Kulturministerin Lina Mendoni zufolge hat der Rechtsstreit um die Wiedererlangung der geraubten Antiquitäten 17 Jahre gedauert.

Erst im März konnte sich Kulturministerin Lina Mendoni über drei Fragmente des Partheon-Fries freuen, die der Vatikan zurückgegeben hatte.

(Foto: picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bereits 2006 hatten die griechischen Behörden demnach Ermittlungen gegen die im In- und Ausland tätige Firma Robin Symes Limited eingeleitet. Symes gilt als eine Schlüsselfigur des illegalen Antiquitätenhandels mit Verbindungen zu Grabräubern. Mitte der 2010er Jahre entdeckten italienische und Schweizer Polizisten einen riesigen Schatz gestohlener archäologischer Artefakte in einem von Symes angemieteten Lagerraum am Genfer Hafen. Das griechische Kulturministerium machte keine Angaben dazu, ob die Rückführungen mit dem damaligen Beutefund in Verbindung stehen.
Streit um das Parthenon-Fries

Zu den Stücken der Antiquitätensammlung gehören eine Statuette aus weißem Stein aus der Jungsteinzeit aus dem Jahr 4000 v. Chr., eine kykladische Figur aus der Zeit zwischen 3200 und 2700 v. Chr., eine beschädigte Marmorstatue aus der Zeit 550-500 v. Chr. und eine fragmentierte Bronzestatue des jungen Alexanders des Großen aus der zweiten Hälfte des 2. Jahrhunderts. Auch zahlreiche Keramikfragmente werden repatriiert.
Friesband des Parthenon-Tempels London und Athen streiten über antike Kunstschätze

In Museen und Privatsammlungen auf der ganzen Welt verstreut befinden sich noch unzählige weitere geraubte Kunstwerke und Antiquitäten aus Griechenland, um deren Wiedererlangung die Regierung in Athen kämpft. Ein hochsensibles Thema ist die Rückgabe der Elgin Marbles, einem großen Relief aus Marmor, das auch als Parthenon-Fries bekannt ist und sich im Britischen Museum in London befindet. Zu diesem Thema sollen Verhandlungen zwischen dem Museum und der griechischen Regierung im Gange sein.

Laut London hat der britische Diplomat Lord Elgin den Marmor-Fries 1802 "legal erworben" und an das British Museum verkauft. Die griechische Regierung spricht jedoch von Plünderung. Erst im März gab Papst Franziskus drei Fragmente des Parthenon-Fries aus dem Vatikanbesitz als "Geste der Freundschaft" an Griechenland zurück. Das Parthenon ist eines der berühmtesten Baudenkmäler des antiken Griechenlands. Für den gesamten Parthenon-Fries ist im griechischen Akropolis-Museum ein freier Raum reserviert.


16. 05. 2023

Man habe "verdächtige Stimmabgaben" registriert: Die aktuelle "Hit des Monats"-Abstimmung wurde von "Meine Schlagerwelt" vorzeitig gestoppt. Somit entfällt wohl auch die entsprechende Rubrik in der nächsten Ausgabe von "Die Schlager des Monats".

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Es ist eine beliebte Plattform für Nachwuchskünstlerinnen und -künstler, die in der Schlagerbranche den Sprung nach oben schaffen wollen: In der MDR-Sendung "Die Schlager des Monats" tritt jeden Monat ein Newcomer-Act auf, um seine Musik vorzustellen und mit Moderatorin Christin Stark zu plaudern. Wer sich dort dem TV-Publikum präsentieren darf, wird vorab in einer Abstimmung auf der Plattform "Meine Schlagerwelt" ermittelt. In der kommenden Sendung wird die Rubrik "Hit des Monats" jedoch aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach entfallen: Nach einem Manipulationsverdacht hat "Meine Schlagerwelt" das aktuelle Voting gestoppt.

"Wegen massiver Manipulation", heißt es in der Überschrift zu der Meldung, in der "Meine Schlagerwelt" über das vorzeitig beendete Voting informiert. Zur Auswahl standen diesmal Julezz, Mandy Mettbach und die Girlband Engel 07. Zwar werde bei der Abstimmung mit hohen "Sicherheitsstufen" gearbeitet (dazu gehört unter anderem auch ein per SMS verschickter Sicherheitscode). Trotzdem seien diesmal "verdächtige Stimmabgaben" registriert worden.

Offenbar nicht alle Stimmen "rechtmäßig und ehrlich" abgegeben

Dazu, auf welchem Wege und in welche Richtung die Abstimmung offenbar manipuliert wurde, macht die "Meine Schlagerwelt"-Redaktion keine Angaben. Man könne jedoch nicht garantieren, "dass alle Stimmen rechtmäßig und ehrlich abgegeben wurden", weshalb die Abstimmung "nach intensiver Prüfung" vorzeitig beendet worden sei. "Ob das Voting im kommenden Monat noch einmal gestartet wird und wie die Redaktion mit den drei Kandidaten innerhalb der nächsten Sendung umgehen wird, ist momentan noch in Klärung." Die nächste Ausgabe von "Die Schlager des Monats" wird am 2. Juni (20.15 Uhr, MDR Fernsehen) ausgestrahlt.   © 1&1 Mail & Media/teleschau

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Aktualisiert am 16.05.2023, 13:34 Uhr

Alles nur geklaut? Nach ihrem ESC-Triumph stehen Plagiatsvorwürfe gegen die Siegerin Loreen und ihr Songwriting-Team im Raum.

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Am vergangenen Wochenende triumphierte die schwedische Sängerin Loreen beim Eurovision Song Contest. Gegen ihren Gewinnersong "Tattoo" sind jedoch bereits kurz nach dem Finale Plagiatsvorwürfe laut geworden.

Demnach soll das von Loreen sowie den namhaften schwedischen Songwritern Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt, Jimmy Jansson Moa "Cazzi Opeia" Carlebecker, Peter Boström und Thomas G:son verfasste Lied in den Akkordfolgen des Intros und der Strophe an den legendären ABBA-Track "The Winner Takes It All" erinnern. Das berichtet unter anderem der deutsche "Rolling Stone".

Auch zwei weitere Plagiatsvorwürfe stehen im Raum

Zudem soll das Songwriting-Team auch beim 30 Jahre alten Elektro-Klassiker "Flying Free" von Pont Aeri abgekupfert haben, der tatsächlich an Elemente von Loreens Gewinnersong "Tattoo" erinnert. Und auch die ukrainische Sängerin Mika Newton könnte mit ihrem Song "В плену" ("Captured") möglicherweise als Inspiration gedient haben.

Nicht die ersten Plagiatsvorwürfe gegen Loreens Songschreiber Thomas G:son

Mit Thomas G:son musste sich einer der Songschreiber von Loreens ESC-Siegerhit in der Vergangenheit bereits Plagiatsvorwürfen stellen. Dem Schweden war vorgeworfen worden, für seinen ESC-Beitrag "Listen To Your Heartbeat" aus dem Jahr 2001 beim belgischen ESC-Beitrag "Liefde is een kaartspel" von 1996 abgekupfert zu haben. Nach Androhung von rechtlichen Schritten kam es damals zu einer außergerichtlichen finanziellen Einigung.  © 1&1 Mail & Media/spot on news

Aktualisiert am 16.05.2023, 13:35 Uhr  gmx.de

Prag - Die tschechische Schlagersängerin Helena Vondrackova kämpft für eine höhere Rente. Ein Gericht habe ihr nun recht gegeben und angeordnet, dass der Betrag neu berechnet werden muss, schrieb die 75-Jährige auf ihrer Instagram-Seite.

"Es ging mir nicht ums Geld, sondern ums Prinzip", betonte die Sängerin, die früher oft in der DDR-Show "Ein Kessel Buntes" zu sehen war.

Der Zeitung "Plus 7 dni" sagte Vondrackova, die Behörden hätten ihr zunächst nur eine monatliche Rente von umgerechnet 340 Euro zugesprochen, die später auf 555 Euro erhöht worden sei. "Erst habe ich gedacht, dass eine Ziffer fehlt - aber nein", sagte der Schlagerstar. Der Hintergrund ist, dass Dokumente aus der Zeit des Sozialismus verloren gegangen sind, als Vondrackova für die staatliche Künstleragentur Pragokoncert arbeitete.
Hollywood - Tausende Film- und TV-Autoren beginnen Streik...zuletzt gestreikt 2007...


Thousands of Hollywood film and TV writers begin strike

Writers Guild of America calls first work stoppage in 15 years as industry grapples with streaming boom
Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent
Tue 2 May 2023 15.45 BST
First published on Tue 2 May 2023 08.00 BST

Hollywood productions have ground to a halt as thousands of film and television writers went on strike after last-minute talks with major studios over wages broke down.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) called its first stoppage in 15 years after failing to reach an agreement on higher pay, pitting its 11,500 screenwriters against old-guard companies such as Universal, Paramount and Walt Disney as well as tech newcomers such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple.

The last strike, in 2007, lasted for 100 days and cost the California economy an estimated $2.1bn as productions shut down and out-of-work writers, actors and producers cut back on spending.

The WGA said the companies’ behaviour had “created a gig economy” that aimed to turn writing into an “entirely freelance” profession. “For the sake of our present and our future, we have been given no other choice,” it said.

In an interview with Deadline, the president of WGA West, Meredith Stiehm, said writers were facing “an existential threat”.

“We’ve been here for six weeks talking to them and those core proposals were literally ignored. And we made it very clear to them that 98% of our membership is demanding that we fight for something different, not just the usual negotiation that we’ve been having … and it just fell on deaf ears.”

WGA members were scheduled to start picketing outside Hollywood studios from Tuesday afternoon. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the studios, said late on Monday that it had offered “generous increases in compensation” to writers but that the two sides had been unable to reach a deal.

It said producers had been prepared to increase their offers of higher pay and residuals, but had been “unwilling to do so because of the magnitude of other proposals still on the table” – such as a requirement that companies staff shows with a certain number of writers for a specified period of time, “whether needed or not”.

Writers say they have suffered financially during the TV streaming boom, partly because of shorter seasons and smaller residual payments. According to WGA statistics, half of TV series writers now work at minimum salary levels, compared with one-third in 2013-14. Median pay at the higher writer/producer level has fallen 4% over the last decade.

For viewers, the most immediate effects of the strike will be felt on late-night talk and sketch shows. Shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which use teams of writers to come up with their topical jokes, are expected to immediately stop production.

Further ahead, the strike could lead to a delay of the autumn TV season, for which writing normally starts in May or June. If the strikes continue, the networks will increasingly fill their programming lineups with unscripted reality shows, news magazines and reruns.

Media companies are facing a tough economic backdrop. Conglomerates are under pressure from Wall Street to make their streaming services profitable after investing billions of dollars in programming to attract subscribers. Last year, Netlix’s market value tumbled by almost $45bn after it predicted a drop in new subscribers.

Meanwhile, the rise of streaming has led to declining television ad revenue as traditional TV audiences shrink and advertisers go elsewhere.

The WGA also wants safeguards to prevent studios from using AI to generate new scripts from writers’ previous work, and writers want to ensure they are not asked to rewrite draft scripts created by AI.

FILES-US-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-TELEVISION-CINEMA-STRIKE<br>(FILES) This November 20, 2007 photo shows demonstrators holding signs during the 20072008 Writers Guild of America strike in Hollywood. - Thousands of Hollywood television and movie writers will go on strike May 2, 2023, their union said, after talks with studios and streamers over pay and other conditions ended without a deal. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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The WGA announced a series of pickets in Los Angeles and New York. Other entertainment industry unions, including the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America – which are both scheduled to negotiate with the AMPTP in the near future – have issued statements of support.

Stephen Colbert shared an image of his writers and expressed his support for them in his opening monologue on Monday evening. At Monday night’s Met Gala, Fallon said he wanted to see a fair deal agreed for writers. “I need my writers real bad, I got no show without my writers,” he said.

Seth Meyers expressed his support for the strike on the corrections segment of his show on Friday. “I also feel very strongly that what the writers are asking for is not unreasonable. As a proud member of the guild, I’m very grateful that there is an organisation that looks out for the best interests of writers,” he said.

In the UK, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) advised its members not to work on projects in the jurisdiction of the WGA for the duration of the strike.

Mein "unbekanntes" Büchlein:
"Wieder umherschweifen"
1981; Auflage: 1000 Stück.
ISBN: 978-3-922821-03-8 / 3 - 922821-03-0

Vgl. dazu neu wie  "unbekannt"/ "unknown"  oder: reiner Zufall?


Matthew Lawrence shares he was 
fired from agency after refusing to strip for director
Lawrence said he was ultimately fired for leaving the hotel room
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Actor Matthew Lawrence opened up on the latest episode of his "Brotherly Love" podcast about his own sexual harassment experience in Hollywood, sharing he was fired from an agency after he refused to strip for a director involved in a Marvel project. 

The 43-year-old actor recounted his experience during Friday's episode, where he and his co-hosts, brothers and fellow actors Joey and Andrew Lawrence, delved into the dark side of the Hollywood entertainment industry.

"There have been many times in my life where I’ve been propositioned to get a huge role," Lawrence said on the podcast. "I’ve lost my agency because I went to the hotel room, which I can’t believe they would send me to, of a very prominent Oscar award-winning director who showed up in his robe, asked me to take my clothes off and said he needed to take Polaroids of me."

Lawrence added, "And then if I did X, Y and Z, I would be the next Marvel character. I didn’t do that, and my agency fired me because I left this director’s room."

Anmerkung/ notice: Hier nur Kurzfassung/ here only short version.

4.02. 2023:
Beispiel/for example:
Sind diese  2 Buchtitel  möglicherweise bekannt ?: 

  • "König Minos`Land" (1980; published) 100 Stück; Handsigniert  mit LWJ (siehe alte website, Startseite)
  • ISBN. 978-3-922821-01-4/ 3-922821-01-4
  • Gesamtherstellung:
  • Lechner Wolfgang J., R. H, E.S.

"Wieder umherschweifen" (1981; published)

Wenn ja - woher?
28. 4. 2023:
Buchmesse Leipzig:
Teilnehmer aus 40 Ländern. ("Unbekannt"/ unknown)
Gastland: Österreich. (Unbekannt"/ "unknown"
Motto: Es  gibt keine Zensur.
In einem demokratischen Rechtsstaat erübrigt sich so ein Motto.

Meine website:
28. 4. 2023
4 x angeklickt = - 83 %.
Oder: Das reicht für die bunte Medienvielfalt...
Oder: Minus minus Mann...
("Der Minus Mann" wurde aber veröffentlicht, vor ca. 50 Jahren...)


ART/Kunst  und Kunsthandel:
Neu/NEW:  Copying or Plagiarism  or Appropriation???
The work of Roy Lichtenstein
(about 300 - very expensive/ sehr teure - paintings/Gemälde)
Oder: 30 Comic - Artists "appropriated"  by  Roy Lichtensetein...?

"Der Betroffene merkt es zuletzt...",siehe  bei Button "Über mich" -
hier mit 96 Jahren: "But until now
I never thougth I was involved...."
Siehe im Text unten
Source: theguardian.com            9.4.23:

It’s called stealing’: new allegations of plagiarism against Roy Lichtenstein
Pop art founder made millions, but the comic book artists he copied struggled financially

Dalya Alberge
Sun 9 Apr 2023 09.00 BST
Roy Lichtenstein never shied away from the fact that his paintings were based on copies of comic strips. But some critics of one of the founders of American pop art have long argued that “copying” was too polite a term. Now, a new film alleges that hundreds of his pieces of work can be traced to other artists.

“It’s called stealing,” said comic strip artist Hy Eisman, who has just turned 96 and only recently discovered that Lichtenstein had reproduced one of his images in the 1960s. “I worked like a dog on this stupid page and this guy has $20m to show for it. If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be [funny].”

He vents his anger in a new documentary, titled WHAAM! BLAM! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation, which shows that the original comic artists had lived austere and even destitute lives. While Lichtenstein’s paintings sold for tens of millions of dollars, their originals had earned them just a few dollars.

Eisman, who has worked for almost 75 years on a huge range of publications, most recently the Popeye comic strip, is among more than 30 comic artists “appropriated” by Lichtenstein and who believe that they were cheated of recognition.

Recalling that his Private Secretary comic of 1963 was cribbed for Lichtenstein’s Girl in Window of the same year, he told the Observer: “I got paid very little for the page, something like $4. He was able to turn it into a painting and make millions. When I saw that he did that to other people, I thought it was a lousy thing to do. But until now I never thought I was involved.”

James L Hussey, the documentary’s director, said: “Eisman was unaware that Lichtenstein had appropriated his work until I contacted him. He was very shocked.”
Roy Lichtenstein’s Blam of 1962, which was copied from a panel in Russ Heath’s All-American Men of War #89.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Blam of 1962, right, which was copied from a panel in Russ Heath’s All-American Men of War #89. Photograph: Hussey-Cotton Films
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Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl in Window, 1963, left, and a panel by Hy Eisman in the Private Secretary comic of the same year. Photograph: Hussey-Cotton Films
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Lichtenstein, who died in 1997, is widely regarded as one of the foremost artists of the 20th century. Along with Andy Warhol, he created the pop art movement by appropriating imagery from modern American culture. His work now changes hands for millions of dollars, with the most expensive, a painting called Masterpiece, reportedly selling for $165m.

The documentary features comic book expert David Barsalou, who has traced about 300 Lichtenstein works to other artists: “I thought, maybe there’s only four, five or six paintings that he did close to the originals. But it was hard to describe my feelings as I started discovering more and more over the years that his images were like just direct copies.”

They include Lichtenstein’s Blam of 1962, in which a pilot ejects from an exploding plane, just like Russ Heath’s All-American Men of War #89 of the same year.

Heath was appreciated for the high quality of his work, but he struggled financially. He died in 2018, having ended his days relying on charity for his food.

Michael Daley, a cartoonist, said: “Comic book artists are rightly aggrieved. Aside from outright plagiarisms, technically and artistically, they are generally far better draughtsmen than Lichtenstein, who couldn’t even correctly copy the properly drawn ellipse of a jet engine’s air intake. They were also superior in their artfully dynamic and expressive compositions, every one being a master of the graphic potency of a cropped image.”

But Bradford R Collins, author of the book Pop Art and professor of art history at the University of South Carolina, defended Lichtenstein: “It’s not plagiarism. It’s appropriation. With plagiarism, you’re stealing somebody’s work and using it for the same purpose they did. If Lichtenstein made comic books out of it, that would be stealing. But appropriation means you’re taking something and reusing it for a very different purpose, taking something out of a comic book and making it into a painting.

“I can understand why Eisman would feel angry. I would feel the same way. But artistically, it’s not plagiarism.”
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Before his death, Heath had expressed frustration: “I couldn’t do anything because all the characters that I did draw for comic books were, at that time, owned by the comic book company. So, if they want to sue, they could sue and have a legitimate reason to sue. But they wouldn’t make enough to bother having a suit.”
Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl in Window of 1963, left, and a panel by Hy Eisman in the Private Secretary comic of the same year.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl in Window, 1963, left, and a panel by Hy Eisman in the Private Secretary comic of the same year. Photograph: Hussey-Cotton Films

In the documentary, a lawyer argues that Lichtenstein’s work would be considered transformative because in most instances he added new elements rather than making an exact copy.

Lichtenstein himself said: “My work has been accused of looking like the things that I copy, and it certainly does look like the things I copy… But it is that quality, whatever art is, that transforms the work of art to be something different.”

Hussey said: “When Lichtenstein did this in the 1960s, he was selling these paintings for thousands of dollars. That was an irritant to a lot of these comic artists. But the bitterness grew.

“As the years went by and as they moved into retirement, not only were they struggling financially, but they were also watching these paintings rise dramatically in value.”

Zensur  überall /censorship evrywhere:

  • Das  unten erwähnte Buch  kenne ich nicht/ I don`t know.
  • Verfilmung nach 53 Jahren...

Source: TheGuardian.com: 
3.4. 2023:
Judy Blume: book banning now much worse in US than in 1980s

Children’s and young adult author of 1970 book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret says growing intolerance must be challenged
Emily Dugan
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Mon 3 Apr 2023 06.00 BST

The author Judy Blume says a rise in intolerance in America has led to a “much worse” epidemic of book banning than she experienced in the 1980s.

The children’s and young adult author, whose frank depictions of adolescence and puberty have long caused controversy, said it was time to fight back against censorship.

Her 1975 novel, Forever, which deals with teenage sexuality, was one of 80 books banned in one Florida school district last month, for dealing with issues such as sex, race and gender.
From Playboy to periods: I reread Judy Blume with my tween. She found it perplexing
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In an interview on the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, Blume said of book banning: “I thought that was over, frankly … I came through the 80s when book banning was really at its height. And it was terrible. And then libraries and schools began to get policies in place and we saw a falling-off of the desire to censor books.

“Now it is back, it is back much worse – this is in America. It is back so much worse than it was in the 80s. Because it’s become political.”

Children’s stories have become the latest battleground in the culture wars. When Puffin Books removed some of the more pejorative language from new editions of Roald Dahl’s works, it prompted a backlash.

Public outrage is not new to Blume. When her book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was released in 1970, its candid portrayal of puberty caused plenty of uproar and library bans. Even her own children’s primary school refused to keep a copy.

Now a screen adaptation of the book is to be released in May, starring Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates.

Blume said she cried when she finally got to see her work made into a film 53 years later. “I think it was my son who said to me: ‘Just wait until all those people who grew up with your books are in power in Hollywood and you’re going to see what happens.’ And I’m so glad that I’m around to see it.”

Blume’s books have sold more than 90m copies and been translated into at least 32 different languages.

Asked if she was concerned about intolerance in the US, Blume said: “Absolutely. Intolerance about everything: gender, sexuality, racism. It’s just reaching a point where again we have to fight back, we have to stand up and fight.”
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Blume said she was also worried about censorship in teaching. Florida introduced a bill last month that may limit discussion of menstruation before the sixth grade and the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, is proposing to restrict conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools.

“I mean, that’s crazy. That is so crazy,” Blume said. “And it is so frightening that I think the only answer is for us to speak out and really keep speaking out, or we are going to lose our way.

“I mean, there’s a group of mothers now going around saying that they want to protect their children. Protect them from what? You know, protect them from talking about things? Protect them from knowing about things?

“Because even if they don’t let them read books, their bodies are still going to change and their feelings about their bodies are going to change. And you can’t control that. They have to be able to read, to question.”


Aktualisierung: 11.03. 2023:
Neues  Buch/ new book:
The Memoir"

"Wenn wir uns wehrten, gab es Spritzen"
"Paris Hilton enthüllt Missbrauchs-Horror"
"....Im Jahr 2020  führte sie schließlich eine Demo an,  die zur Schließung der Schule führte."
Quelle: B.Z. "Die Stimme Berlins". 6. 3. 2023, Letzte Seite.
Anmerkung: Ab 14. März 2023  "im gut sortierten  Buchandel" erhältlich...vermutlich  in englischer Sprache ...

Anmerkung 2:  Was werden sie bieten -  oder sich überbieten - die deutschen Verlage für die Übersetzungsrechte???
Oder: Was gibt es noch alles zu schließen???
What else have to be shut down? Guantanamo, "Gefangenen- Lager", maybe??? 

Aktualisierung  23.02. 2023:

Mr. Spielberg  ist in Berlin  und wurde bei der "Bärlinale", Filmfest-Spiele Berlin,  ausgezeichnet  mit dem "Ehren-Preis" . In einem Radiobericht, 22. 02. 2023, wurde erwähnt,  dass er dem  deutschen Film viel zu  verdanken habe, und er noch viele Filme drehen wolle...
Anmerkung: Da wünschen wir weiterhin viel Erfolg...und fragen an, ob er möglicherweise   kennt /probably knows/ 
das Büchlein  / booklet:
"König Minos´s  Land"    (100 Stück, handsigniert, 1980)  ISBN: 978-3-922821-01-4; 
und  das 
unveröffentllichte Buch-Manuskript:

Mögliche Antwort: Sicher nicht... ich habe davon noch nie gehört...
 Probably answere: "Certainly not..., I never have heard about it...
Vgl. dazu auch:
In Deutschland  kennt  man auch den Unterschied  zwischen
Anna Seghers (Aufbau Verlag Berlin)
Jan Seghers (Rowohlt Verlag Berlin; früher Reinbeck bei Hamburg)
Anmerkung: Gibt es dort, also Reinbeck bei Hamburg, möglicherweise noch verschollene Manuskripte ???
Aktualisierung, 12.3. 2023:

Quelle: bz-berlin.de

  • 12.3.2023:

Bestattung menschlicher Knochen
Die bei mehreren Grabungen auf dem Campus der Freien Universität (FU) Berlin gefundenen menschlichen Knochen sollen am 23. März auf dem Waldfriedhof in Dahlem bestattet werden. Auf die öffentliche Trauerfeier dazu hat die Hochschule am Sonntag mit Anzeigen in mehreren Berliner Tageszeitungen hingewiesen. „Im Gedenken an Opfer von Verbrechen im Namen der Wissenschaft“, hieß es dort im Namen von FU-Präsident Günter Ziegler, dem Präsidenten der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Martin Stratmann, und Christoph Rauhut, Landeskonservator und Direktor des Landesdenkmalamtes Berlin.

Anmerkung: Namenslose Opfer aus welcher Zeit ???
Oranienburg/ Land Brandenburg:
Oder-Havel-Kanal wird wegen Bombensprengung gesperrt
Zwei Weltkriegsbomben werden morgen (13.3. 2023, Montag) in Oranienburg
(Oberhavel) gesprengt. Dafür wird ein Teil des Oder-Havel-Kanals für den Schiffsverkehr gesperrt. Um den Fundort werde ab 10.30 Uhr ein Sperrkreis von 500 Metern eingerichtet, teilte die Stadt Oranienburg mit. Nach erfolgreicher Sprengung der Blindgänger soll der Sperrkreis gegen 14.00 Uhr mit einem Sirenenton wieder aufgehoben werden.

Kunst  und Krieg/ art and war:

Source: TheGuardian.com  17.01. 2023:
French city believes Madonna may own artwork lost in war – and asks for loan
Amiens mayor wants singer to lend Jérôme-Martin Langlois painting after it went missing in first world war
Diana and Endymion by Jérôme-Martin Langlois
Diana and Endymion by Jérôme-Martin Langlois was exhibited in Amiens from 1878 but was thought to have been destroyed in 1918. Photograph: Sunny Celeste/Alamy  (Foto hier nicht sichtbar, Anmerkung.)
Kim Willsher in Paris
Tue 17 Jan 2023 11.17 GMT
Last modified on Tue 17 Jan 2023 18.28 GMT

What do the singer Madonna and Amiens in northern France have in common? Not a lot, says the city’s mayor, Brigitte Fouré, who admits the global star has probably never heard of the city until now.

However, Fouré insists there is a “special link” between the two in the shape of an early 19th-century painting that once hung in the Amiens museum until it was lost without trace during the first world war.

Now the mayor is appealing for Madonna to loan a painting she possesses – Diana and Endymion, thought to be by Jérôme-Martin Langlois – for what she hopes will be Amiens’ successful bid to become the European capital of culture in 2028.

“Madonna, you probably haven’t heard of Amiens … but there is a special link between you and our city,” Fouré says in her video appeal.

“This painting is probably a work that was lent to the Amiens museum by the Louvre before the first world war after which we lost trace of it,” she adds.
French mayor asks Madonna for loan of painting that once hung in city's museum – video

The oil painting, commissioned by Louis XVIII to hang in the Salon of Diane at the Palace of Versailles and completed in 1822, was acquired by the French republic in 1873. It was exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts – now the Musée de Picardie – in Amiens from 1878 but was thought to have been destroyed when the city was bombed in 1918.

A recent article in Le Figaro newspaper suggested the painting, or one almost identical to it but without Langlois’s signature or any date, reappeared in 1989 in a New York auction where Madonna paid $1.3m for it, more than three times its estimated price.

At the time, nobody in France appeared to recognise the work as painted by Langlois, but in 2015 a curator from Amiens noticed it in the background of a photograph of Madonna at her home published in Paris Match magazine.

On March 1918, in an attempt to break through allied lines, the Germans pounded Amiens with shells and bombs for 28 days and nights, destroying much of the city including part of the museum, whose paintings were evacuated to safety.

When they were returned to Amiens after the war, the Langlois was missing. It was first listed as “untraceable since the return of the 1918 removed works”, then “destroyed by the falling of a bomb on the museum”.

The painting Madonna bought is 3cm smaller than the artwork that disappeared in Amiens, leading experts to wonder if it is the original with the signature and date removed or a copy.

The museum has lodged legal action against “persons unknown” for the theft of the painting, none of which Fouré says need concern Madonna.

“Clearly, we don’t contest in any way that you have acquired this work legally,” Fouré says in her message to the singer … could you lend us this work for the occasion of our bid to become European capital of culture in 2028 so our local inhabitants can rediscover this work and enjoy it?

“That is my prayer, the wish I am presenting to you.”

The European Union will announce the 2028 European capital of culture in December.

Fouré told the Guardian she had only recently learned that the missing and previously long forgotten painting may be owned by Madonna and had been overwhelmed by the response to her appeal.
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“My initial aim was to do something a bit humorous to make people talk about my city, especially at this time, when the pre-selection for European capital of culture is happening. I thought there would be some response to the video, but not the reaction there has been,” she said.

“I thought it would be a good idea to ask her if we could just borrow this painting that we haven’t seen since the first world war. The painting was sold in a perfectly legal auction; she bought it and she owns it. I’m not asking her to give it to us but to allow us to borrow it for just a few weeks so people here can see it.”

Amiens’ current claim to fame is as the birthplace of President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. Fouré says the city would welcome a visit by Madonna.

“It would be amazing to have her come here but I can’t imagine it happening,” she said. “Still, now everyone is talking about Amiens!”

Vgl. dazu:
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Es erscheint  beim Anklicken von TheGuardian.com  immer der Hinweis, ob man eine finanzielle Unterstützung / financial support/  leisten wolle.
But financial  support  I just can´t  afford, because I depend  on Social wellfare... oder: In Deutschland systematisch  und heimtückisch zum Bettler gemacht... jetzt mit systematischer  Terrorisierung  24 Stunden lang... illegale Wohnraumüberwachung (unverschuldet  im Obdachlosen-Asylbewerberheim, Bettplatz, 14 qm)  - und 24 Stunden davor mit Autos auf- und abrasend  - ,  illegale Online Überwachung, illegales Bewegungsprofil,  verbunden mit systematischen  Rufmord... von Kindheit können sie  jetzt zu beleidigen anfangen mit Anleitung ... und andererseits  systematischer Ideendiebstahl für kommerzielle Zwecke...ohne Rechtsschutz / without law inforcement ...

Aktualisierung: 13.02. 2023:
"...Die Plünderungen durch die Nationalsozialisten waren 1938 durch das `Gesetz über die Einziehung von Erzeugnissen entarteter Kunst´ nachträglch legitimiert worden. Das Gesetz ist bis heute nicht aufgehoben worden...der Klarheit wegen solle der Gesetzgeber das NS-Einziehungsrecht von 1938 ausdrücklich aufheben...". In: "Limbach: `Entartete Kunst´ zurückgeben", Südd. Zeitung vom 20.11. 2014 (vierzehn), 1. Seite, unten.

Vgl. dazu: Meine derzeit letzte Ausstellung fand statt: 20. 10. - 30.11. 2005!!  Und in Berlin jetzt ca. 170 Kunst-Galerien  und Museen- mit einem Kultursenator von der Partei  "Die Linke" ...
Quelle:  kurier.at   10.02. 2023:

Republik (Österreich, Anmerkung)  erhält für falsch restituiertes Klimt-Gemälde 10,6 Mio. Euro

"Apfelbaum II" wurde 2001 fälschlicherweise an Stiasny-Erben zurückgegeben.

02/10/2023, 03:27 PM

Nachdem das Gustav-Klimt-Gemälde "Apfelbaum II" 2001 fälschlicherweise restituiert wurde, hat sich die Republik Österreich nun auf einen Vergleich mit den Erbinnen und Erben nach der in der Shoah ermordeten Kunstsammlerin Nora Stiasny geeinigt. Diese zahlen 11,3 Mio. Dollar (ca. 10,6 Mio. Euro) an die Republik, wie das Kulturministerium mitteilte. Das Geld fließt in einen künftigen dauerhaften Standort für das Haus der Geschichte Österreich (hdgö).

Gustav Klimts "Apfelbaum II"
Kein NS-Kunstraub: "Ein peinlicher Vorgang"

Versuche, das Gemälde zurückzukaufen, scheiterten an den aktuellen Besitzern, die laut Aussendung in keinen Dialog treten wollten. "Wenn es auch schmerzt, dass es keine Möglichkeit gibt, das Bild 'Apfelbaum II' nach Österreich zurückzuholen, so ist es doch erfreulich, dass die langjährige und komplizierte Geschichte um die Restitution dieses Gemäldes mit dem nunmehr vorliegenden Vergleich ein Ende findet.

Gleichzeitig dürfen wir niemals vergessen, dass diesem und anderen Rückgabefällen die systematische Ausgrenzung, Verfolgung und Ermordung unzähliger Menschen während des Nationalsozialismus zugrunde liegen", wurde Kulturstaatssekretärin Andrea Mayer (Grüne) zitiert. Als "überaus erfreulich" bezeichnete Alfred J. Noll als Vertreter der Erben, dass "nach harten Verhandlungen" mit der Finanzprokuratur nun Einvernehmen hergestellt werden konnte.

Falsch restituiertes Klimt-Bild aus Ausstellung zurückgezogen

Die Ausgleichszahlung wird als Rücklage im Budget des Ministeriums gebunden. Einvernehmen bestehe mit dem Finanzministerium, dass das Geld für eine künftige, dauerhafte Lösung für den Standort des hdgö zweckgewidmet werde. "Das Haus der Geschichte braucht seit Jahren eine dauerhafte und nachhaltige räumlich Lösung", so Mayer. An dieser werde derzeit gearbeitet, wenngleich noch kein konkreter Plan vorliege, seien 10,6 Millionen Euro "ein gutes Startkapital für eine derartige Herausforderung", meinte die Staatssekretärin.

Vom Belvedere zum Microsoft-Gründer: Klimts "Buchenwald" wird versteigert

Das Klimt-Gemälde "Apfelbaum II" wurde im Jahr 2001 von der Republik Österreich auf Empfehlung des Kunstrückgabebeirats an die Erbinnen und Erben nach der Österreicherin Nora Stiasny zugesprochen. Fälschlicherweise, wie sich letztlich herausstellte. Denn dabei handelte es sich gewissermaßen um eine Verwechslung mit Klimts "Rosen unter Bäumen", das Teil der Sammlung Stiasny gewesen war. Dieser Ansicht folgte im Vorjahr auch die französische Nationalversammlung, die "Rosen unter Bäumen" restituierte.

Vgl . Handsigniert und "unbekannt"/"unknown"...

 29.11.2022, 07:35 Uhr:

Bob Dylan hat sich bei seinen Fans wegen angeblich handsignierter Bücher entschuldigt.
    Der Musiker hatte bei der Veröffentlichung seines Buches "Philosophy of Modern Song" im Jahr 2019 auf eine Signier-Maschine gesetzt. 

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US-Musiker Bob Dylan hat sich am vergangenen Wochenende bei seinen Fans in einem Facebook-Post für die Irritationen rund um seine für handsigniert verkauften, jedoch maschinell erstellten Unterschriften entschuldigt.

"An meine Fans und Follower, ich wurde darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass es einige Kontroversen über Signaturen auf einigen meiner jüngsten Kunstwerke und auf einer limitierten Auflage von 'Philosophy Of Modern Song' gibt", begann er seinen Post.

Er habe im Laufe der Jahre jeden einzelnen Kunstdruck handsigniert und es habe nie ein Problem gegeben. "2019 hatte ich jedoch einen schlimmen Fall von Schwindel, der sich bis in die Pandemiejahre fortsetzte", erklärte Dylan.
Dylan: "Es war also unmöglich, etwas zu unterschreiben"

Es brauche ein fünfköpfiges Team, das eng mit ihm zusammenarbeite, um die Signierstunden zu ermöglichen, "und wir konnten keinen sicheren und praktikablen Weg finden, um das zu erledigen, während der Virus wütete", schrieb Dylan über die erschwerten Bedingungen in der Corona-Pandemie.

"Es war also unmöglich, etwas zu unterschreiben. Angesichts der sich abzeichnenden vertraglichen Fristen wurde mir die Idee vorgeschlagen, eine Signier-Maschine zu verwenden, zusammen mit der Zusicherung, dass so etwas in der Kunst- und Literaturwelt 'ständig' gemacht wird."

Die Benutzung einer Maschine sei ein Fehler gewesen, "den ich sofort korrigieren möchte", erklärte Dylan. "Dafür arbeite ich mit Simon & Schuster und meinen Galeriepartnern zusammen."
Verlag sichert Käufern sofortige Rückerstattung zu

Zuvor hatte sich bereits der Verlag Simon & Schuster in einem Social-Media-Post entschuldigt und "eine sofortige Rückerstattung" für die Käufer der Dylan-Bücher zugesichert.
Laut "Variety" kostete ein limitiertes Exemplar des neuen Buches "The Philosophy of Modern Song" rund 600 Dollar. 900 Stück sollen verkauft worden sein. Den Büchern war ein Brief beigelegt worden, der die Echtheit der Unterschrift versicherte. Käufer hatten jedoch verdächtige Ähnlichkeiten zwischen den Unterschriften festgestellt und bereits vermutet, dass eine Signier-Maschine dahintersteckt.

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Spotify: Taylor Swifts neues Album bricht Rekorde
Aktualisiert am 23.10.2022, 15:44 Uhr
Am Freitag veröffentlichte Taylor Swift ihr neues Album "Midnights". Nur einen Tag später geht sie damit beim Streamingdienst Spotify bereits in die Geschichte ein.
Häufig gesucht

    Nach Musikern wie Bob Dylan, Shakira oder Bruce Springsteen folgen nun auch Genesis dem Trend.
    Die Band um Phil Collins verkauft seine Musikrechte.
    Dafür kassieren sie über 300 Millionen Dollar.

Mehr Musik-News finden Sie hier

Die Rechte an dem musikalischen Vermächtnis von Genesis und der einzelnen Bandmitglieder liegt nun fast vollständig in den Händen des Musiklabels Concord. Wie das Label auf Instagram mitteilte, haben Phil Collins und seine Band dem Unternehmen einen großen Teil ihrer Musikrechte verkauft.

Dabei handelt es sich um die Kataloge der Band Genesis, der Musiker Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford und der Band des Bassisten Mike + The Mechanics. Das "Wall Street Journal" berichtet, dass die Genesis-Aufnahmen mit Peter Gabriel, der bis 1975 Teil der Band war, nicht enthalten sind. Der Wert des Verkaufs wird von dem Wirtschaftsmagazin auf über 300 Millionen Dollar geschätzt.
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29. Juli 2022
Trend in der Musikindustrie
Auf Instagram verkündete das Label den Deal mit den Worten: "Wir sind bestrebt, ein Zuhause für Künstler und Songwriter zu sein, die sich weiterhin auf ihr außergewöhnliches Vermächtnis konzentrieren möchten, und freuen uns darauf, ihre Musik in den kommenden Jahren an zukünftige Generationen weiterzugeben."
Collins und Co. folgen damit einem Trend, den seit der Pandemie viele Musiker, deren Gewinne durch Streaming-Plattformen und abgesagte Konzerte zurückgegangen sind, für sich nutzen. So haben in den letzten Jahren schon Musiker wie Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Shakira, die Red Hot Chili Peppers oder Neil Young die Rechte an ihrer Musik verkauft.  © 1&1 Mail & Media/spot on news
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Source: TheGuardian.com:
Man pleads guilty to stealing more than 1,000 manuscripts

Filippo B..... impersonated agents and publishers to obtain works from writers including Atwood, McEwan and 
Sally Rooney.
Sally Rooney was among the authors reportedly targeted by Bernardini. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Agence-France Presse
Sat 7 Jan 2023 10.51 GMT   (Foto fehlt hier, Anmerkung.)

An Italian man has admitted to stealing more than 1,000 unpublished manuscripts, including from distinguished authors, solving a mystery that had puzzled the literary world for years.

Filippo B...., 30, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, federal prosecutors in New York announced in a statement.

B....., who worked in London for the publisher Simon & Schuster, impersonated agents and publishers over email to obtain novels and other works from writers and their representatives.

The scam had been known in literary circles for several years, with Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan and Sally Rooney among the novelists reportedly targeted. It became public knowledge in January last year when Bernardini was arrested by FBI agents at New York’s JFK airport.

Beginning in August 2016, and continuing up to his arrest, the Italian impersonated hundreds of people in the world of publishing by sending emails from fake accounts. The addresses resembled the domain names of legitimate publishers but with some letters changed. Prosecutors say he registered more than 160 fraudulent domains.

“Filippo B.... used his insider knowledge of the publishing industry to create a scheme that stole precious works from authors and menaced the publishing industry,” said Damian Williams, the US attorney for the southern district of New York (SDNY).

In 2019, Atwood’s agent revealed that the manuscript for The Testaments had been targeted.

In 2021, New York Magazine reported that the Swedish editors of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series had been approached by a purported colleague in Italy who requested an advance copy so it could be translated before release.

A New York Times investigation at the end of 2020 found that Rooney, the author of Normal People, McEwan, who wrote Atonement, and the actor Ethan Hawke had also been targeted.

B.... motive has never been clear.

Alleged victims were baffled by the fact the thefts were never followed by demands for money, nor did the works ever seem to appear online or on the dark web.

Screenshots from B....
LinkedIn profile shortly after his arrest described him as a “rights coordinator” at Simon & Schuster. The profile also said he obtained a bachelor degree in Chinese language in Milan and a masters in publishing from UCL in London owing to his “obsession for the written word and languages”.

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Simon & Schuster, which was not accused of wrongdoing, said at the time it had been “shocked and horrified to learn of the allegations”. “Protection of authors’ intellectual property is of the highest priority for Simon & Schuster,” the publisher said in a statement on Friday.
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“We are grateful to the FBI and Department of Justice for its defence and support of the intellectual property rights of authors throughout the world.”

B.... initially pleaded not guilty. As part of his guilty plea, he agreed to pay restitution of $88,000, the SDNY said. His crime carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

B.... will be sentenced in Manhattan federal court on 5 April.

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Source: TheGuardian.com  4.2.23:

‘I’ve given up getting paid’: global tech platform accused of exploiting artists

Talenthouse claims to ‘democratise creativity’, but designers who have completed commissions for top brands are out of pocket

Artist Helen Clamp at her home in Bristol.
‘I don’t want them to get away with treating people like this’ – artist Helen Clamp at her home in Bristol. Photograph: Karen Robinson/The Observer
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Sat 4 Feb 2023 14.00 GMT
Last modified on Sat 4 Feb 2023 14.49 GMT

It is a global technology platform that claims to “democratise creativity” by allowing up-and-coming artists to submit work to the world’s biggest brands.

But Talenthouse, which boasts clients including Netflix, Sony, Coca-Cola and the United Nations, has been accused of exploiting artists and failing to pay them, in some cases leaving them thousands of pounds out of pocket.

The company, based in London, shares briefs from its clients and invites artists to create work that matches the brand’s demands – from designing a poster for a Hollywood film to an illustration for a drink brand’s social media campaign.

If their submission is picked, the artist is paid a fee, and the potential career benefits are huge: their work could be used in marketing materials and seen by millions of people around the world.

Since 2009, Talenthouse claims its service has helped level the playing field for artists internationally. On its corporate page, it implores companies to partner with it because “purpose-driven brands do better”. “Up your integrity. Virtue signalling is not enough. Take action with Talenthouse today and democratise creativity,” it adds.

However, Talenthouse contributors say the company is failing to deliver on its promises. The Observer has spoken to 12 creatives including visual artists, a photographer and a scriptwriter, who say they have not been paid money they are owed by Talenthouse, after completing briefs for companies including DreamWorks, Nationwide and Snap.

The group includes creatives in the UK, US, Poland, India and the Philippines. The problems are believed to be more widespread, with others describing similar experiences on social media.

One artist, Sarah Sumeray, 37, from Crouch End, London, said she has been waiting six months to be paid for a Talenthouse project from March 2022, creating a poster for the animated DreamWorks film The Bad Guys. Sumeray spent three days creating a unique design, which she later learned had been selected by DreamWorks. According to Talenthouse’s terms, she should have been paid $2,000 (£1,600) within 90 days.
Sarah Sumeray’s poster for The Bad Guys
Sarah Sumeray’s poster for The Bad Guys, for which she is still awaiting payment. Photograph: Sarah Sumeray

But the payment window came and went, and despite emails showing she repeatedly chased the company, she says she has still not been paid. “At this point I’ve given up on getting the money. But it’s so disrespectful to treat hardworking artists like this,” she said. “It was quite a big deal to be selected for something like that, and it’s quite a chunk of money. It’s just not fair.”

Another UK artist, Helen Clamp, 39, from Fishponds, Bristol, responded to a brief posted in August on behalf of Nationwide, asking for artists to submit illustrations for use in a social media “money mindfulness” campaign.

Clamp’s design was chosen in October and should have earned her £500 from Talenthouse within 90 days. But she was not paid either. After raising the issue with Nationwide, Clamp and others who were selected for the campaign received the money directly from the building society.

While she says Nationwide dealt with her case “really well”, she is sharing her story because she believes there is a “bigger problem” with Talenthouse’s payment practices. “I don’t want them to just get away with treating people like this,” she said.

Others understood to have been affected by the payment issues include an artist from Poland who is owed €600, which she says is “six months late”, an illustrator from Florida who is owed $2,000 for a project completed in October 2022, and a script writer from Los Angeles who is owed $2,500 for a project completed via Talenthouse which he was supposed to be paid for three months ago. All provided documentary evidence such as emails and contracts to support their claims.

In the Philippines, Robert Acle, 47, said he is owed $3,720 after completing four projects via Talenthouse between April and August 2022, but only receiving payment for two. “The excuses are always the same. They are having some issues with client payments so they’re behind,” he said. “We felt exploited and discriminated against, and we have no legal means readily available to demand for our right to be paid.”

In emails to creatives, Talenthouse has admitted experiencing problems paying artists and has apologised. In one email sent to a creative, a company representative said they were “so sorry” the fee had not been paid, and that the company had “experienced delays with funding coming in, which has in turn put a delay on outgoings”.

But artists have questioned why the company continues to advertise new briefs on its platform. This weekend, several projects were live and actively inviting submissions.

In financial statements posted online for investors, Talenthouse has claimed to be enjoying strong growth. According to its latest report, from November 2022, revenue grew by 29% and gross profit by 64% in the third quarter of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021, driven by a recent acquisition.
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The company, which is listed on the Six Swiss stock exchange, also began new deals which added to its revenue streams, including “signing exciting projects with Trivago, Razorfish (World Cup video campaign), and several others”. “The number of customers generating over $1m in annual revenue for the company grew considerably in the last two years,” the report added.

Zita Holbourne, joint chair of the Artists’ Union England, said it was “totally unacceptable” that Talenthouse contributors had not been paid. “Artists can’t live off thin air. The work is very precarious as it is and you really need to be paid promptly and on time,” she said.

She said the payment problems raised wider ethical concerns about the business models of companies like Talenthouse, which rely on artists submitting work speculatively. Those whose work is not selected are not paid. Artists are routinely asked to grant permission for their work to be used at the point when they submit it.

Roman Scharf, the co-founder of Talenthouse and chairman of the board, said: “We are extremely sorry for this unacceptable delay in payments and any inconvenience and upset it has caused. We take this matter extremely seriously and are working on a long-term robust solution that will benefit all Talenthouse creatives. This solution is well advanced and we plan to announce it soon.”

Nationwide said it had commissioned Talenthouse to help with content for its Instagram feed and that it had “paid upfront for the work”. When it found out artists had not been paid within 90 days as they should have, it “took the decision to pay the 11 artists directly … so as not to inconvenience them further”.

A spokesperson for the building society said that working with Talenthouse had enabled it to access artists it might not have found otherwise. It has one outstanding brief with the company and said it would ensure the selected artists were paid on time. “We have no plans to commission any further work with them,” they added.

DreamWorks Animation said it was addressing the allegations with Talenthouse. Snap said it was looking into the matter.

There is no suggestion that artists who responded to briefs for other Talenthouse clients have suffered payment problems.

Clamp said she had little sympathy for Talenthouse’s claims about cashflow problems. “An ethical company should be ringfencing the part of their income that is due to go to artists who need to be paid,” she said. “From the outside, it looks like a legitimate business. But its claim to democratise creativity is a sham.”