Press Release | 27 10 2003
Public Netbase
Nike-Platz: A First Victory for the Freedom of Art

Preliminary Court Decision in Favour of International Art Project

The international sportswear company Nike is trying to get the installation "nikeground – rethinking space", created by the renowned artists group 0100101110101101.ORG, banned by court. Meanwhile the Commercial Court of Vienna has taken a first crucial decision.

Quite apart from the fact that this is an attempt to ban a work of art, the Commercial Court has rejected Nike's plea for a provisional injunction on formal grounds. The decision was based on the fact that the law suit against Public Netbase was filed by Nike International. This company has its principal office not in Austria, but in the USA and therefore would have been required to pay a deposit covering the cost of litigation in case of a ruling in favor of Public Netbase.

Public Netbase's attorney, Mag. Michael Pilz, who consistently underlined the artistic nature of the installation, pointed out the formal defect in his response to the plaint. "This is a major step ahead for the project", declared Konrad Becker, director of Public Netbase. The law suit with Nike will now enter its next round. Moreover, the installation can remain on Karlsplatz until its official takedown on 28 October. "The Court's decision motivates us to protect the freedom of art against the ruthlessness of corporations with even more determination in the future", Becker concluded.

  DEUTSCH

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  ENGLISH

07 01 2004
Nike withdraws case against art project
Public Netbase

27 10 2003
Nike-Platz: A First Victory for the Freedom of Art
Public Netbase

16 10 2003
Nike-Platz: transnational corporation attacks freedom of art
Public Netbase

10 10 2003
Nike Square: Art Intervention in Urban Space
Public Netbase

10 10 2003
Nike buys streets and squares
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