Published on Sunday, 22 September 2013 17:11
Local artists are seeking Ks 10 million compensation from Innwa Bank over copyright infringement of a painting that has been hang in the lobby of the bank's office without permission from the artists.
A team of eight artists led by Kyaw Thaung and Maung Maung Thike painted a landscape view of the Karaweik Hall and the Karaweik Lake for the Department of Civil Aviation six years ago, according to Kyaw Thaung.
"The Department of Civil Aviation hired us with Ks 55 million to draw a painting to be hanged at the departure building [of the Yangon International Airport]. Maung Maung Thike and I lead the team and it took us nearly two months to draw this painting. We were told that our painting is [hanged] at Innwa Bank so we went there on September 9. We saw that about three-fourth of the painting has been used in the painting. It seems that it was done by a graphic designer as a vinyl. We have asked Ks 10 million as compensation," said Kyaw Thaung.
A group of artists including Kyaw Thaung, Maung Maung Thike, San Toe, Tin Maung Myint, Maung Kyaw Nyunt and group, Wathone, Lu Min, and Myo Myint has announced in the Kyaemone newspaper in 1982 regarding copyright for their artworks, prohibiting their artworks to be reproduced and reprinted without their permission.
"I went to Innwa Bank with U Kyaw Thaung on September 9 with our lawyer and meet with the administrative manager. He made an appointment with us on the 18. Now he asked us whether it would be alright if they take down the painting. We are making negotiations. If this doesn't work, we'll have to go by the law," said Zay Phyo, son of deceased Maung Maung Thike.
"Our MD is on a trip so we cannot say anything. We are not the decision makers so we'll negotiate with them after the MD has come back. We have asked them to postpone for a while. We are going to negotiate with them on the coming Monday," said Khin Wai, administrative manager of Innwa Bank.
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