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PLAYBOY ENTERPRISES SUED FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF ARTIST'S WORKS

 PLAYBOY ENTERPRISES SUED FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF ARTIST'S WORKS
 NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The estate of pop artist Keith Haring today announced it has filed a lawsuit against Playboy Enterprises, Inc., the publisher of Playboy magazine, to halt the unauthorized use and alteration of Mr. Haring's artworks.
 The co-executors of the estate, Julio D. Gruen and Margaret A. Slabbert, have retained the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn to represent the Haring Estate.
 In a complaint filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the estate alleges that Playboy is marketing and selling posters, wristwatches, leather jackets, and other merchandise displaying four of Haring's works that have been "mutilated, defaced, dismembered, or otherwise altered" and that Playboy is using the "K. Haring" signature on these items to imply that they represent the works of the late artist.
 The estate is seeking more than $1 million dollars in damages and an order that will stop Playboy from defacing and mutilating the works, from using any derivative works on merchandise it sells, and from using Keith Haring's signature where it did not originally appear. "The issue here is that Playboy cannot do as it pleases with Keith's works," said Franklin S. Bonem, a partner at Proskauer. "Keith and, later the estate's executors, have worked tirelessly to ensure authenticity and integrity in reproductions of Haring works," he added.
 The complaint charges that Playboy's use of the Haring works violate a 1990 settlement agreement that ended a prior lawsuit between the Haring Estate and Playboy. That agreement concerned four works that Playboy had commissioned the artist to create in 1985, and 1986, for use in Playboy magazine.
 One of the works, "Dancers," was a perforated "pull-out" in the December 1986 Playboy that could be folded into a cube-shaped Christmas ornament. "Although 'Dancers' was created as a single work, and is described that way in the settlement agreement, Playboy has arbitrarily broken the work into six pieces, and is selling merchandise, such as wristwatches, each featuring only one of the six," Bonem said. "Playboy has also removed a portion of the original artwork in order to affix a 'K. Haring' signature in its place," he said.
 "Although Keith created only four works for Playboy, and the agreement covered only four works, Playboy has without permission broken up "Dancers"
into six works, and now has nine works for itself," Bonem explained. Two of the works, known as "Global Head Man," and "Excellence Saves," were originally created by Haring as illustrations to accompany articles in Playboy magazine. A third work, "Bunny on the Move," was created for the cover of the January 1997 Playboy, although Playboy chose not to use it.
 Keith Haring (1958-1990):
 Keith Haring was a pop artist whose works have been exhibited throughout America, Europe, Japan and Australia. With 46 one-man shows behind him, Haring exhibited works at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musee d'Art Contemporain in Bordeaux, the Leo Castelli and Tony Shafrazi Galleries in New York and the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. Recently Haring's 1982 anti-nuclear poster was featured in the Committed to Print exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
 Haring's special projects have included permanent murals at Children's Hospital, National Medical Center in Washington, Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Necker Children's Hospital in Paris and the Maternity Ward of Princess Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo. In addition, Haring Painted a 300-foot mural on the Berlin Wall (as well as numerous outdoor murals in New York City and worldwide); collaborated with Grace Jones on her video "I'm Not Perfect;" created set designs for the Ballet National de Marseille, Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane Company, Jennifer Muller and George Faison; and created his third First Day Cover and stamp issue commemorating 1990 as Stop AIDS Worldwide Year.
 In 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail outlet in Manhattan selling numerous projects bearing his imagery.
 Haring lectured and conducted drawing workshops at primary and secondary schools worldwide.
 In 1989, Princess Caroline of Monaco honored Haring with the title "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Culturel."
 Haring died on Feb. 16, 1990 in New York City.
 Haring established the Keith Haring Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization seeking to support and assist organization interested in a wide variety of social causes, from AIDS research and awareness groups, to environmental concerns, and the education of underprivileged youth. Keith Haring left the bulk of his estate to the foundation, including a large body of artwork which the foundation intends to make available for touring exhibits and educational purposes.
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