Category Archives: Copyright & royalties

The concept of “prototype” and ensuing rights


Copyright law regulates the relationships between the copy of a work and its reproductions through an article, namely art. 109 of Italian Copyright Law (in brief, LA), that deals with two separate cases and provides that: « Unless differently agreed, the transfer of one or more copies of a work does not entail the conveyance […]

The reproduction of Teatro Massimo’s image for advertising purposes is subjected to prior authorization and the payment of a fee


The Italian artistic heritage has recently obtained another success against infringements of its image. A recent and interesting line of decision on reproduction of cultural heritage images has echoed an order by the Court of Florence, issued few weeks before, where the reproduction for commercial purposes of the image of Michelangelo’s David had been declared […]

TV format and Copyright: The Supreme Court of Cassation pronounces again its judgement on the requirements of protection


The Supreme Court of Cassation has recently pronounced again its judgement concerning TV format of a program as an original work of authorship protected by Copyright, with judgement n.18633 of the 27th of last July. As already known, TV format is not included in works under explicit legal provisions within the Italian Copyright Law, but […]

An Art Armchair: Gio Ponti’s Armchair is a Piece of Design


The ordinance of the Court of Milan issued on May 9, 2017 ended the judicial querelle between the heirs of the famous designer and architect Gio Ponti and the M. company on the one hand opposed to the C. company on the other in reference to the ownership of the rights on the “811” armchair […]

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