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    Posted March 25, 2014 by
    Jacksonville, Arkansas

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    The Only Work of Art in U.S. History to Spark A Congressional Investigation.


    The painting: "La vie Immobile du Violon" - Still Life of Violin. The Artist, me, RB McGrath. In February of 2012 the image of this painting was pirated from my web site, by a Chinese wall art manufacturer in Xiamen, China (Mainland) for mass reproduction and counterfeit sales worldwide. In addition to pirating and counterfeiting this work the Chinese manufacturer is using my original photo image and my signature to advertise the sale of fakes via five different advertising platforms around the globe.


    In March of 2012  I was contacted by the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR) who launched an inquiry into the matter. Congressman Griffin arranged a conference with representatives of several Washington based agencies including the U.S. Copyright Office, the IPR Division of the USCO and the International Trade Association. I was invited to present my case on the theft of this artwork before the conference. Congressman Griffin personally visited my studio in Jacksonville, Arkansas on November 8, 2013.


    "In this case we're talking about sophisticated, highly valued art. You can compare this work of art to anything you would find in a gallery in New York or Paris, or anywhere else. It doesn't get any better than this. This is incredible. What you have is mass marketing out of China. This is a big deal and I think that this case is a perfect case study for a national conversation." - Congressman Tim Griffin, R-AR


    "They are reproducing and selling that art without any attribution or without any permission, in China." - Governor Mike Beebe, AR


    My battle against the foreign manufacturer is ongoing and is now the subject of a documentary film by Independent Filmmaker Keith Hudson. The documentary is still in production. The filmmakers recently completed on camera interviews for the film with Governor Mike Beebe, Mayor Gary Fletcher, Dr. Alan Storeygard, Joan Tyler Zumwalt and Representative Tim Griffin. Filming recently began at my studio in Arkansas and plans are in the works for Hudson's crew to film in China. Congressman Griffin is still pushing forward on the issues of Copyright and IPR theft and it's effects on the U.S. economy and individual American creators and is also planning a China trip.


    It is estimated that the Chinese manufacturer has sold as many as 570,000 counterfeit copies of Still Life of Violin worldwide. The original painting is now on exhibit at my studio and gallery in Jacksonville, Arkansas.


    Pictures: Still Life of Violin - RB McGrath 2006, Congressman Tim Griffin visits the RB McGrath studio in Jacksonville, AR, Congressman Tim Griffin seated in front of Still Life of Violin painting for interview, Governor Mike Beebe with Pham Minh-Cinematographer and Director Keith Hudson for "Digital Peruggias", Governor Mike Beebe in interview for "Digital Peruggias", Still Life of Violin by RB McGrath 2006.

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