Ukrainian Painter Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Local Businesswoman

Apr 29 2015 - 15:27

Yevhenia Gapchynska, a well-known Ukrainian painter and illustrator of children’s books, has recently filed a lawsuit against Valentyna Tsymbaliuk, a businesswoman from Lutsk, northwestern Ukraine, for the unauthorized use of images of her works of art on products such as passport covers and mirrors, which Tsymbaliuk manufactured and sold.

According to her lawyer, Gapchynska attempted to settle the matter out of court, but having received no response, she filed a copyright infringement lawsuit with a local court. The defendant failed to appear at the first hearing, so it has been rescheduled for early May.

Gapchynska has already won three court cases against sellers of unauthorized reproductions of her art, in Lutsk and Rivne, western Ukraine. As the salespeople did not reveal the origin of the unauthorized copies, the painter sued the salespeople and won several hundreds of euros in damages in each case.

Prepared by: Olga Goncharova

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Source: Lutsk city news website

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