A Florence museum has won a legal case against a magazine publisher that used an image of Michelangelo’s David without permission. An Italian court ruled in favour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses the artwork, due to GQ magazine’s “mortifying and humiliating” cover image.
The statue is 500 years old and out of copyright protection. However, according to Artnet News, Italian law allows the museum to control how images of the artwork are used. The museum is also allowed to demand a reproduction fee.