by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 3rd 2010 9:37pm
We've pointed out in the past the oddity that some countries copyright the design of their currency, though we can't quite figure out why. There are already anti-counterfeiting laws for copying money, so why add copyright on top of that? However, down in Costa Rica, there may be a slightly different issue brewing. Michael Scott points us to the news that an artist is upset that a painting he did of educator Mauro Fernandez is to be included on new currency, being issued by the government, without his permission. The article is a bit unclear on who owns the copyright, but does note that the painting itself is owned by the Costa Rican National Museum, and the government had received permission from the museum. However, it also notes that Costa Rica has "moral rights" as well, which could allow the artist to demand his name be associated with his work. It appears to deal with this, the Costa Rican Central Bank is calling a press conference to "recognize" the painter as the creator of the image.
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