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April 21, 2006

Google Removes Joan Miró Doodle

Google celebrated 113 years from Joan Miró's birth with a doodle that incorporated themes from artist's famous paintings, including "The Escape Ladder", "Nocture", "The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers". Joan Miró's family didn't appreciate that and asked Google to remove the image.

"There are underlying copyrights to the works of Miró, and they are putting it up without having the rights," said Theodore Feder, president of Artists Rights Society. "It's a distortion of the original works and in that respect it violates the moral rights of the artist".

I think they just didn't like the logo and didn't want to let people think Joan Miró had anything to do with it. After all, Dennis Hwang, the creator of Google doodles, is not quite a surrealist painter, isn't he?

More: Mercury News.

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