Interview on copyright problems of a refurbishment of the Heinrich-Böll-Platz
The Heinrich-Böll-Platz, which is next to the Cologne Philharmonie and the Museum Ludwig, is an artwork by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan. It consists of different elements (e.g., clinker bricks, granite slabs, rails). The city of Cologne considers that the Heinrich-Böll-Platz needs urgent restoration work, as it shows significant damage. Especially loose clinker bricks represent a dangerous trip hazard for pedestrians. Unfortunately, on the renovation concept of the Heinrich-Böll-Platz both parties, the city of Cologne and the artist Dani Karavan, cannot agree on since several years already. According to media reports, the artist in particular refuses to approve fixing the loose clinker bricks, since this would be a change of the artwork.
In an interview with the EXPRESS (available in the print edition dated 05.02.2013) Dr. Tanja Dörre, certified specialist in copyright and media law, gives detailed background information on the copyright issues of this dispute. She provides insights into the conflict between the rights of the artist to prevent changes in his artwork on the one hand and the powers of the owner, the city of Cologne, on the other hand. In her opinion, the artist may not prohibit the city of Cologne to remove the dangerous trip hazards. The interest of the city, to protect pedestrians from injury outweighs the moral rights of the artist Dani Karavan.
» Lern more about the interview on copyright problems of a refurbishment of the Heinrich-Böll-Platz (in German) (EXPRESS-Article of 2013/02/05).