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How could an Italian gallery sue over use of its public domain art?

By Enrico Bonadio, Reader in Intellectual Property Law, City, University of London
Magali Contardi, PhD Candidate, Intellectual Property Law, Universidad de Alicante
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Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus resides within the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. It is believed to have been painted in the mid-1480s and as such is classed as being in the public domain, free from copyright around the world. However, in early July the Uffizi set its lawyers on the website Pornhub, sending the company a strongly worded letter threatening legal action over the unwelcome…

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