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  • Nov 01, 2023

136 News Roundup: Controversy, Public Domain, Career Moves

YE YONGQING, Memory of Birthday, 1995, ink and paper on canvas, 189 × 149.7 × 3.4 cm. Courtesy M+, Hong Kong.

Controversy: Pay the Price

On August 24, a Beijing intellectual-property court found Chinese artist Ye Yongqing guilty of copying 87 works by Belgian artist Christian Silvain over a period of 25 years. The court ordered Ye to pay EUR 650,000 (USD 696,000) in damages and publicly apologize in the media, marking the most expensive fine arts settlement in China to date. Over the course of his career, Ye has made an estimated USD 15 million from the plagiarized artworks.