Till Lindemann, lead singer of the German metal band Rammstein, angered Russia’s renowned Hermitage museum with a crypto initiative. The musician is looking for over one hundred thousand euros for an NFT collection of film and image material that was shot in the cultural institution. The tokens were created without his authorization.
German singer Till Lindemann sells NFT’s Russian art without permission
Rammstein’s singer and songwriter Till Lindemann has offered five non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for sale, the most expensive of which costs 100,000 euros. The NFTill collection includes a video clip of his performance of the popular Russian patriotic ballad “Beloved Town,” which was filmed in May. The world-famous museum in Saint Petersburg made it possible for Lindemann to record the video as part of the Year of Germany in the Russian Federation, which begins in August 2020.
However, those responsible for the museum did not appreciate Lindemann’s NFT initiative, reported Forklog. In a statement published on Facebook, the Hermitage stressed that the use of images of objects from the exhibitions and interiors of the museum in the token collection called “Hermitage Edition” “could not and could not be agreed with the museum”.
It was also said that Mr. Lindemann had received a warning about violating the museum’s licensing policy with his NFT project. So far, no response has been received from the German singer and the tokens have already been offered for sale online.
The Hermitage further indicated that it was likely among the first such institutions in the world to face unfair use of its exhibits in the NFT area. He also noted that Mr Lindemann personally signed an agreement with the museum that clearly stated that permission to use pictures and other materials from the Hermitage was for the music video only.
In July, the museum itself announced it was considering issuing NFTs on works of art from its rich collections and held talks with the crypto exchange Binance, which had just launched its NFT marketplace. The Hermitage plans to hold its first art exhibition using non-fungible tokens by the end of this year. Management expects the tokens to bring additional funding and hopes NFTs will be exempted from current Russian digital asset regulations.
Rammstein is a band of the New German Hardship (NDH) founded in Berlin in 1994, which became world famous with its industrial metal and rock music and produced hits like “Du Hast”, “Engel” and “Amerika”. Till Lindemann has been writing the lyrics and singing the songs as Rammstein’s lead singer since it was founded.
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