A performance of the artist Bryan Zanisnik has led to a remarkable response from author Philip Roth.
The artist was half a hour into his performance, reading the book The Great American Novel by Philip Roth in a cage made of Plexiglas surrounded by junk, when the lawyers of Roth presented him a cease and desist letter on the basis of infringement of the copyright of Roth.
An interesting detail is that Zanisnik read the book in silence. Since when is reading copyright infringement? Copyright infringement requires at least the publication of the work and reading is of course not publishing.
Two questions arise: are the lawyers of Roth insane? MarkMatters.com thinks that the lawyers were not present but a bailiff who just did what he was asked for, not knowing that there was no lecture whatsoever. Secondly, how did they reach the artist as the loft seems hermetically closed?
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