Bag manufacturer Louis Vuitton has unleashed its lawyers on Danish artist Nadia Plesner. Her crime is that she has tried to draw attention to the situation in Darfur by making a painting called Darfurnica.
In a single stroke Louis Vuitton has managed to transform its trademark into a symbol of the worst kind of corporate bullying.
– Don’t give a damn about what is happening in the third world? Buy Louis Vuitton!
– Agree that big corporations should have the right to restrict political debate and artistic freedom? Buy Louis Vuitton!
– Think it’s a good thing that the stronger party can use copyright injunctions, where the defendant is not even given the right to be heard? Buy Louis Vuitton!
There are many examples of how today’s copyright restricts freedom of speech. This is a general problem that we have to address.
But the complete lack of judgment that Louis Vuitton has shown in this case must be unprecedented.
Shame on you, Louis Vuitton!
Others writing about Louis Vuitton, #LVgate and #darfurnica in Swedish: Dagens Nyheter, Christian Engström,Henrik Alexandersson, Opassande 1, Opassande 2, Farmor Gun, Rouhivuori, Wennerström, Lite av varje, Söderlund, Barczyk. Yami och pandorna, Nakna Sanningen, Stefan Mahlstein, Disruptive, Ann-Mari, Evas Svammel, Hermansro, Med örat mot rälsen, En katt bland hermelinerna,