“Countless people have developed a relationship with and enriched their lives through the handpan for more than a decade, and many can’t imagine a life without it. Over the years, the handpan instrument has developed its own community and has become a worldwide movement.Handpan Community United
Unfortunately, there is a long history of lawsuits between PANArt, creators of the Hang®, and various handpan makers. Recently a copyright claim has been made which states that Handpans which use a similar shape as the Hang®, are illegal copies. If the claim stands, it could have wide-ranging consequences which have the potential to seriously compromise the future of our community.”
As a Handpan player, when I received this email from Hardcase Technologies founder Alessio Massi, it immediately caught my attention.
“What does this mean?” was my first thought and I started to read what this guy had to say and immediately I felt the need to share this on my website because Handpan Players and Handpan Makers are a big United Family, and we respect each other and help each other when it’s possible, and here is my little part for protecting the work of these people that have been creating sound sculptures and new concepts that could not exist if it wasn’t for PANart®.
“We have enormous respect for Felix Rohner’s and Sabina Schärer’s work” and I have huge respect for what they created… “However, we do not feel their claim of copyright is fair nor correct in the current climate towards our community”.
I believe in sharing and supporting… Thanks to these makers, the Handpan became a state of mind and the original Hang® a cult.
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