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Photos: Russian painter accuses Pepsi of stealing artwork for advertising campaign

Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Hassan al-Attar said that he filed a case demanding compensation for his client, Russian artist Georgy Kurasov, against the Pepsi Company which he accused it of using his artwork in advertisements without his permission or knowledge.

“Nasr City Prosecution Office opened an urgent investigation into the incident,” Attar was quoted as saying by the Cairo 24 news website on Sunday.

Attar confirmed that the Russian artist, “Discovered that one of his paintings and drawings had been used in an advertisement on all Pepsi media outlets and television channels. The company was sued in Egypt after being sued in America, and he requested compensation of LE 200 million.”

“The Russian artist took legal measures against Pepsi and designer Ghada Wali, and demanded financial compensation of LE 200 million and an official apology from the company for those unjustified actions to steal a person’s effort and work and attribute it themselves,” he explained.

The lawyer added, “The Russian artist’s works are clear, and they have all the documents indicating that those drawings that appeared in the advertisements belong to Kurasov.”

The Economic Court had imprisoned designer Ghada Wali for six months with a fine of LE10,000, and temporary compensation of LE100,000, accusing her of stealing Kurasov’s art and using it without permission.

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