World’s richest man pledges $2bn for charity

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is to launch a $ 2bn (£1.53bn) fund to help homeless families and launch pre-schools in poor communities.
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Faced With Calls for a Boycott, H&M Withdraws Lawsuit and Pledges Respect for Artists

H&M DODGES BOYCOTT: Less than 24 hours after a curator-collector-consultant called for an artists-led boycott of H&M, the fast-fashion chain has withdrawn the legal filing that fired up the controversy.
Last week, H&M filed a lawsuit in New York federal court claiming that copyright law did not apply in regards to its recent advertising campaign featuring graffiti done by artist Jason Williams, known as Revok. After seeing H&M’s New Routine imagery, which featured his artwork in the background, Williams had sent a cease and desist letter alleging that his art had been used without his permission or knowledge.
On March 14, Roger Gastman, a curator, collector and brand consultant, rallied fellow artists to boycott H&M. In an Instagram post, the Los Angeles creative described H&M’s legal action as “full-out assault on artists’ rights and we must raise our voices. This could render millions of murals and important pieces of artwork worldwide completely unprotected and available for corporate use, without any payment or permission needed whatsoever,” he posted. “We must not allow this company to use our artwork and appropriate our culture to sell their products for their own financial gains, while at the same time allow them to devalue and delegitimize our

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Brunello Cucinelli Pledges to Restore an Italian Theater

ACT I: Brunello Cucinelli has put his signature on another love letter to his native land, the central Italian region of Umbria.
The entrepreneur pledged to restore the Teatro Morlacchi theater in Perugia, which is located about 10 miles from Solomeo, the medieval village where Cucinelli’s company is based.
“I owe a lot of gratitude to my lovely city, which has given me so much,” said Cucinelli, explaining that to bring the city’s theater back to its original glory was one of his dreams. “I believe spaces like these…are the future of our beautiful cities and must be guarded with love, as art is the seed of civilization,” concluded Cucinelli.
Established in 1778, the venue was designed by local architect Alessio Lorenzin and was originally a symbol for the middle class, as an alternative to the Teatro del Pavone, attended by the aristocrats. In the Fifties, the municipality acquired and financed the restoration of the Teatro Morlacchi, which currently accommodates 80,000 guests during each theatrical season.
This is not the first time Cucinelli has invested in the preservation of the region’s cultural assets. In 2011, the entrepreneur announced a donation of 1 million euros to help restore Perugia’s Etruscan Arch, also known as the Arch

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