Legal Review Plesner vs. Louis Vuitton judgment: Artistic Freedom Prevails Over IP-rights

simple-livingIt have been exciting weeks for Danish artist Nadia Plesner. Louis Vuitton sued her over the use of a look-a-like Louis Vuitton bag in her artworks. With these artworks, Plesner tried to raise awareness for the situation in Darfur. See here for further background information.

Louis Vuitton claimed that Plesner’s artworks infringed upon her design rights on the bag. Plesner relied on her fundamental right on freedom of speech. More specifically: her artistic freedom. After Plesner successfully challenged a judge of the Court in preliminary relief proceedings at an earlier stage, (another judge of) the Court in preliminary relief proceedings rendered a judgment in this case yesterday. The Court …read more

Plesner vs. Louis Vuitton judgment: important victory for artistic freedom

Simple LivingYesterday afternoon, 4 May 2011, the The Hague District Court reversed its own earlier order and now decided that the fundamental right of free speech of the Danish artist Nadia Plesner prevails over the design right of Louis Vuitton.

The judgment (in English) can be found here.

An important victory for artistic freedom. We are very happy for Nadia.

Nadia Plesner is represented by Jens van den Brink, Christien Wildeman and Reindert van der Zaal.