Museum Turned Art Gallery Sued

Need permission for using a famous name, who’d a thought?

The complaint filed in federal court July 6 by Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali, the Spanish foundation charged with protecting Dali’s copyright and use of his name and work, claims the museum and its owner Dmitry Piterman have “misappropriated his name and likeness to advertise and promote their museum.”

“Defendants have been informed that their conduct is unlawful, but remain undeterred and continue to advertise and provide goods and services infringing on the Foundation’s intellectual property and publicity rights,” the complaint reads. It also states that the unauthorized use of the Dali17 mark, Dali’s name and likeness, and his works for commercial purposes is damaging the foundation and likely confusing to the consuming public.

Museum Turned Art Gallery Sued