Saturday, March 12, 2011
Pierre CoulibeufPARIS. Abramovic wins two-year copyright battle. French court orders film-makers to pay €75,000 in damages to the artist for infringement of her rights. Performance art grande dame Marina Abramovic has won a two-year legal action against a French film-maker who committed copyright infringement by making two films, mainly based on her 1992 Biography piece, that misrepresented her work. Paris’s superior court also ruled that Abramovic is the “co-author” of the works in question—The Star (1998) and Balkan Baroque (1998)—which were directed by Pierre Coulibeuf and produced by Paris-based Regards Productions. Coulibeuf and Regards Productions were ordered to pay Abramovic €50,000 damages for the infringement of her rights, and €25,000 “for damage [to] the integrity of her work”. “Coulibeuf moved from a film-making role into the realm of an artist. He was not saying that the footage was taken from my films; he was calling it his own work of art,” - The Art Newspaper.