Volkswagen won a copyright dispute from the daughter of Erwin Komenda
Volkswagen won a copyright dispute from the daughter of Erwin Komenda – Erwin Komenda’s daughter, who also helped design the original VW Beetle, lost to the Volkswagen Group regarding the copyright of the iconic car. The case is rolling, because the plaintiff requested compensation for his father’s contribution of EUR 5.7 million, equivalent to USD 6.5 million.
Launching Carscoops, the claimant claimed that the VW Beetle, which was built in 2014 and so on, still stuck to his father’s design elements.
The element in question was used in three generations of models called the VW Frog in Indonesia, which were able to sell more than 22 million units worldwide for more than 70 years.
However, after examining an image from 1934 allegedly made by Komenda, the German Court decided to reject the copyright claim in the original VW Beetle.
The plaintiff was also unable to prove that his father participated in the design of the VW KdF model, which was the predecessor of the Beetle which began production in 1938 and was designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
“It is very important to note, that when making pictures, there are already many designs that have anticipated the concept of a vehicle with a rear engine in a sleek body, with a hood pulled (Tatra V570 and Mercedes Type 130),” a court statement in a statements written in German.
For information, Erwin Komenda himself worked for Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s. In addition, he also worked for post-World War II Porsche, and died in 1966.