"The duck used in the demonstrations has X’s in place of its eyes and a Portuguese slogan across its chest that says: “We won’t pay for what is not our fault anymore.” But representatives for the Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, who is known for his outsize creations depicting animals, say they saw too many similarities between his rubber duck and the one used in Brazil — and they are not amused... A spokeswoman for Mr. Hofman, Kim Engbers, said in an email: “Of course we want to emphasize that it is a shame that this parody is used for propaganda. Our project is meant to be nonpolitical.” She added: “It is a positive work and has healing functions.” Ms. Engbers, however, stopped short of calling the Brazilians’ use of the rubber duck a copyright infringement."
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Artist Says Brazilian Protesters Copied His Giant Rubber Duck; New York Times, 4/1/16
Christopher Merle, New York Times; Artist Says Brazilian Protesters Copied His Giant Rubber Duck: