The Art newspaper 13-1-2011

On 11 August 2010, the European Commission decided that a video installation should be classified as “DVD players and projectors”, and a light installation as “light fittings” when imported into the European Union [a decision which came to public attention last month, see The Art Newspaper, December 2010, p59, and which could have widespread implications for the art trade, see p58].’ lees alles …

The EU regulation is a patently absurd piece of legislation. Adopted behind closed doors, without an apparent understanding of the subject matter, it reverses two national judicial decisions that both ruled that video installations should be classified as art. No judge had decided the issue in any other way. There was no need for the regulation, which is contrary to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. On a more general note, the fact that the European Commission can, without any public consultation or publicity, overrule the decision of two national tribunals, makes a mockery of the judicial process.’

Ook: Kunstbeeld 17-1-2011 Europee commissie brengt kunsthandel in gevaar