The 'goldfish phone booth' copyright case in Japan

23 February 2021
Tian Lu in Law

Nobuki Yamamoto, a Japanese contemporary artist, made an eye-catching work of ‘goldfish swimming in a phone booth’ (‘Work 1’) by December 2000 at the latest. In October 2011, a student organisation called ‘Goldfish Club’ at Kyoto University of Art and Design produced Work 2 and exhibited it for a week in the same month in the Osaka Nakanoshima Park. 

Tian Lu

Tian Lu holds a LL.B. degree (Shandong University, China, 2010) and a LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (advanced master program, Maastricht University, 2011). After that she worked in the Global Expert Center of DSM as a trademark law professional.


Tian Joined the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University as a Ph.D. Researcher in 2015 with a CSC scholarship from the government of China. She is also a Ph.D. Fellow of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR).


Her Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Mr. Anselm Kamperman Sanders and Dr. Ms. Anke Moerland, concerns the famous trade marks protection in China, U.S. and the EU.


Tian wrote regularly for the known IPKat blog for over a year as the very first InternKat from China. Since January 1 2018 her role changed into the first Asian Correspondent.