In the new Digital Age, we have at our disposal a multitude of communication tools and ways of sharing contents that can make us forget the horizon of legality in the use of else’s works. Everything is at hand, and it is very easy to fall into the temptation of taking advantage of others’ creations without even considering the consequences, sometimes by mistake and ignorance. While it is true that the concepts of copyright and licenses of use are widespread today, what is not so clear to many is the scope of permitted uses: where is the line between the violation of a right and the lawful use?
Guernica is one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. The symbolic value of this piece, commissioned by the Spanish government to Pablo Picasso in 1937 to represent Spain at the Paris Universal Exhibition, surpasses the events that the painting itself was intended to convey. Josep Arnau, the General Director of Fine Arts at the time, along with other intellectuals and politicians of the moment, visited Picasso in Paris in January of 1937, and formally proposed to him the realisation of the work. The artist accepted, but by early April had not yet come to outline his work and the date of the universal exhibition was approaching.