Editorial: Nisar Keshvani
Art versus economics. Never the twain shall meet.
Judging from events in cyberspace in recent months, there appears
to be some definite truth in this.
For those out of the loop, Transasia Corporation is suing French
non-profit arts organization, Association Leonardo for a million
dollars on grounds of trademark infringement (full details below).
It is by no means the first and definitely not the last of such
There are dozens of such cases (see http://www.rtmark.com/netabuse.html).
HMO Health Net is attacking http://www.HealthNet.org, founded in
1993 by a Nobel-winning cardiologist to connect doctors in the developing
world; even the Vatican has not spared artists' group Vaticano.org.
Clearly, this leaves everyone vulnerable.
A similar David & Goliath-style battle was recently waged between
art group etoy and toy retailer Etoys, with etoy emerging the victor.
The toy retailer dropped its lawsuit when corporate consultants
RTMark who played a major role, rallied support and stopped the
toywar. You can view the run-up of events at - http://rtmark.com/etoy
Watching these events unfold is indeed tragic and one can't help
wondering what would happen if tomorrow some major conglomeration
decides to sue fineArt. As a voluntary organisation what could we
do to protect ourselves?
This issue is devoted to Leonardo. fineArt pledges its support to
the right of Leonardo/ISAST and Association Leonardo to continue
their use of the name LEONARDO in their websites, publications and
And as our readers you can play a part. We hope you aid Leonardo's
cause too! Visit http://www.olats.org, follow the link "Proces
contre Leonardo" and send support emails to email@example.com
or send donations if you can.
There's no other time like now, for the arts community to take a
stand and rally our support. We're looking forward to hearing your
views and opinions, and will endeavour to post them up here at fineArt.
You will make a difference