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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 7, February 13, 2022, Article 27

CROATIAN COIN COPYRIGHT CONTROVERSY

David Sundman shared this article about the Croatian coin copyright controversy. Thanks! He writes, "Interesting article here, both the copyright issues and the origin of the ‘kuna' unit of currency." -Editor

  Croation coin copyright controversy

A Scottish photographer has blocked the release of a Croatian coin because he believes it breaches copyright by featuring his work.

Iain Leach, 63, took a picture of a pine marten on a tree branch on June 8, 2005, in Scotland.

He was baffled to learn that a near-identical picture won a contest for a €1 coin, to be launched next year when Croatia joins the euro.

The designer who submitted the picture to the Croatian National Bank has withdrawn the image — and is said to have handed back a prize of €10,000.

Leach, from Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway, a retired consultant, said he had no plans to sue and wished Croatia well in choosing a new design.

In the Middle Ages, marten pelts were used as a form of currency and an image of a marten appears on the Croatian currency. The Croatian word for marten, una, is the name of the current currency in Croatia.

To read the complete article, see:
Croatian coin stole pine marten picture, claims Scottish photographer Iain Leach (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/croatian-coin-stole-pine-marten-picture-claims-scottish-photographer-iain-leach-m87phn2vp)

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