Monday, June 17, 2019

Lawyers for Warhol Foundation and Lynn Goldsmith square off

Via Artnews:

In New York’s Southern District Court on Monday, lawyers for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and photographer Lynn Goldsmith stood before Judge John G. Koeltl in service of their clients in a case taking up a 1984 series of Warhol screenprints of the storied musician Prince.

More here. Background on the two year old lawsuit here.


“For seasoned collectors, guarantees used to be a sure way to get a good deal.”

But what if the guarantor doesn’t really like or want the art work?


Lehmann Maupin Gallery and Former Employee Bona Yoo Settle Their Lawsuit

Half a year after Lehmann Maupinfiled a lawsuit against a former employee for allegedly stealing trade secrets, the two parties have reached an agreement and the case has been voluntarily dismissed. Background here.


“Unpaid internships” sound so sexy, but what about the legal issues?

Benjamin Sutton’s Artsy article regarding “unpaid internships” makes this type of labor use in the art industry seem so sexy. Unfortunately, Sutton does a poor job of mentioning the wide and complex legal issues surrounding so-called “internships” and employment law.

Might make for a good follow-up article; one that could focus on interviews with labor and employment lawyers. Just sayin’.


Copyright infringement by states is “once again a very serious problem.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter,

the Recording Industry Association of America told the Supreme Court that thanks to recent decisions, “States are once again free to engage in copyright infringement — no matter how widespread or blatant — without fear of having to pay any money as a result. Unsurprisingly, then, despite Congress’s efforts, copyright infringement by States is once again a very serious problem.”

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review this lawsuit.


Art & Law Program 2019 Fall Dates Announced

Taking into consideration recent socio-cultural and political-economic developments in art, law, and education, starting in the fall of 2019 the Program will transition to an intensive three-day colloquium that will focus on specific art and law topics.

In the fall 2019, the Program will examine artists’ legacies and artists’ estates through the lens of tangible and intangible property, contracts, moral rights, freedom of expression, and corporations. This will allow us to examine how sectors of the art industry— such as academia, the gallery system, for-profit and non-profit institutions, auction houses, curatorial practices, and law—impact the practices, definitions and controversies of contemporary art.

The fall 2019 three-day colloquium will take place on the weekend of October 25, 26 and 27, each day from 9am to 6pm. The three-day intensive will be held at the Cornell Art Architecture Planning headquarters at 26 Broadway in New York City.

The rolling-admissions application deadline is August 16, 2019. All application and Program information is available here:

Applicants and admitted fellows shall take note that the Program is fully committed to freedom of expression.


Heavy metal gods Iron Maiden sue video game maker

Heavy metal’s all-time greats Iron Maiden are suing video game company 3D Realms over the game Ion Maiden, which Maiden describes as an “incredibly blatant” infringement on their intellectual property.

When one reads the description of what 3D is appropriating one can’t help but wonder what the hell 3D was thinking. [Disclaimer: I’m a big Maiden fan and have seen them live countless times. I also own most of their albums and several of their concert t-shirts.]


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