US arms manufacturer ArmaLite Inc.
has caused a storm of protest in Italy with its advertisement for the AR-50A1: A Work Of Art
(2014) which it magicked into the hands of Michelangelo's famous masterpiece David
(1501-1504). Various officials have thrown a wobbler over ArmaLite's cavalier abuse of David
, not only because the advertisement is offensive, but also because it is illegal. The copyright of David
is protected under Italian law. ArmaLite faces legal action if it doesn't withdraw the ad. (CLICK