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1st March 2022 | Foundations and copyright - issues and risks

In Switzerland, there are numerous artists’ foundations whose purpose is to manage their work, as well as, more generally, foundations involved in the cultural field. Some of them hold copyright which may generate important revenues. However, the holding of such rights by a foundation involves challenges and risks. Indeed, not only do these foundations often act as a gatekeeper to the market of the artist concerned, as abuses can be numerous, but they also carry out multiple activities to make his work known and to spread its influence. Insofar as these foundations are tax-exempt, they are nevertheless limited in their ability to engage in profit-making activities. This Philanthropy Lunch aims to examine the practical and legal issues facing copyright foundations.

Programme (in French)


  • Prof. Henry Peter, directeur du Centre en Philanthropie

PANEL – 12h20

  • Constanze Semmelmann, cheffe du service juridique et des relations internationales, société coopérative des auteurs et éditeurs ProLitteris

  • Prof. Philippe Meier, membre du conseil de fondation, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung

  • Prof. Xavier Oberson, professeur de droit fiscal suisse et international, Université de Genève

Panel modéré par Dr Anne Laure Bandle, chargée de cours à l'Université de Genève et directrice de la Fondation pour le droit de l'art



  • Mara De Monte, directrice exécutive du Centre en Philanthropie

FIN – 13h45

If you wish to participate in real life, you may register online.

To connect to the Zoom conference, click here.


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