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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 11:32

A German Museum is Suing the Wikimedia Foundation for Making Images of Artworks Available for Download

The Reiss Engelhorn Museum. The Reiss Engelhorn Museum. Wikimedia Commons

On October 28 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (REM) in Mannheim, Germany, filed a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation for making high-resolution images of public domain artworks from its collection available for download. The contested images include photos of works by the Rococo painter Anna Dorothea Therbusch, the Flemish still life painter Alexander Coosemans, and the Dutch Golden Age painter Jacob Ochtervelt, as well as a drawing of Michelangelo’s Moses by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt and Cäsar Willich‘s circa-1862 portrait of Richard Wagner.

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