Art Platform Accused of Stealing Copyrights|受害者控 遭全華網騙簽終身創作版權無償讓渡
Over 30 artists accused an online art platform of tricking them into signing a contract that relinquishes their copyright to it for the entire lifetime.
This is the work created by National Kaohsiung University fine arts master's degree student Chen Yen-po as his graduation work in 2016. After this work was featured in a graduation exhibition, he was contacted by Artlib, a Taiwanese platform for ethnic Chinese art. Chen signed an agreement with the platform to allow his work to be featured in catalogues. Later, he found out that he had signed away the lifetime copyrights of his works for free to Artlib.
Artlib arranged to meet us at a very noisy location, a McDonald's next to the train station. They told us they wanted to issue a catalogue for us, and it was a Ministry of Culture initiative. They didn't explain the details clearly. They also said it was very noisy at the location and there were many people waiting, so they asked me to make a decision on the spot.
Numerous creators have recounted how Artlib contacted them after their works appeared in graduation exhibitions. The victims included not only young artists, but also veteran artists. In August 2019, Artlib executive Lin Chu-nan was charged with fraud. A fourth hearing was held on Aug. 5 and 30 plaintiffs testified.
There were exclusive authorization contracts mixed in with the Ministry of Culture catalogue. Artlib's salespeople didn't explain these contracts to our artists, about what was actually being authorized. They only told everyone that these things were all things required by the Ministry of Culture or told our cutting-edge artists that their teachers and classmates had all signed them already so there would be no problems if they signed them too.
Almost all of the plaintiffs who were subpoenaed showed up, so the hearing had to be moved to a court with a larger capacity. A labor union that helped in filing the lawsuit said the case has dragged on for three years but Artlib refuses to admit its guilt. It hopes the court can issue a ruling before year end.
提告當事人 陳彥伯表示：「他(全華網業務)就約了我們，一個很吵鬧的地點，就是火車站附近的麥當勞。跟我們說，他們有意願，幫我們出一本畫冊， 就是一個文化部的提案。其實，上面的細節內容，他也沒有講很清楚，當下他也是說，這裡很吵雜，旁邊有非常多人在等待，要我盡快做決定。」
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