Michelangelo’s David can’t be used for commercial purposes – a court decision in Italy


Eleonora Rosati published an interesting article about a lawsuit in Italy concerning the use of the image of Michelangelo’s David for commercial purposes. The Florence Court of First Instance prohibited such use by a travel agency based on the Italian Cultural Heritage Code which provides that the authority which administers a cultural good has the right to allow its reproduction, subject to an application and the payment of a royalty set by the authority itself, with the sole exception of reproductions of work for non-profit purposes.

Taking into account that Michelangelo’s David is a cultural good and the fact that the use at hand has a commercial effect the Court issued an injunction against the travel agency.

More information can be found here.