Artist Luc Tuymans Loses a Plagiarism CaseI'm sure everyone has heard of Luc Tuymans, a wonderfully talented Belgian Traditional Artist. Recently he has come up in the news though in a highly publicized plagiarism case in a Belgian court, a case which he has lost. It all stems around his recent painting entitled A Belgian Politician in which he used a photograph belonging to Katrijn van Giel of Belgian MP Jean-Marie.
The two works are shown below as they appear on a newsletter I subscribe to called PlagiarismToday. It is very obvious they are the same image, though one is a painting. Despite Tuymans insistence to the court that his work was a parody and was not intentionally infringing, the Belgian court ruled that the painting was a copyright infringement and ordered him to stop exhibiting and reproducing the painting or failure to do so will result in a $580,000 fine (€500,000).
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