Biblical figurines ‘breach copyright’
A GERMAN evangelical pastor has incurred the wrath of Germany’s favourite toy company, Playmobil, by using one of its Klicky figurines to create an Eve with boobs, and by nailing another to a miniature cross.
Playmobil has ordered Rev Markus Bomhard, 38, an evangelical preacher from Eschborn, Hesse, to remove pictures of the amusing figurines, created for children, from his Playmobibel website, as they are said to be in breach of copyright.
According to this report, company spokesperson Gisela Kupiak said the pastor was violating the company’s commercial rights for his own benefit.
We are quite tolerant if this is done in the privacy of the home but if someone crucifies a Playmobil figure, or, as in the case of Eve, glues on breasts, then this is a completely different dimension.
Bomhard, above, who claims to have received a letter from Pope Ratzi praising his attempts to bring the Christian story to children, has rejected the company’s complaints, pointing out that Playmobil figures had been put to far more profane use.
He claims that a talk show host in Germany had presented a Playmobil figure on his programme dressed up to look like Hitler.
But he admitted:
It’s true that I did use a hairdryer to soften the figure for the crucifixion scene because the fingers wouldn’t spread out properly otherwise. Then I had to let it harden again before I could nail it to the cross.
He has now made it clear on his site that the figurines are not Playmobil originals.
Not all in the Bible Klicky figures and scenes are available to purchase. It is a deliberate and creative adaptation.