I’m very happy to be presenting at the Questioning Aesthetics Symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design on March 11th and 12th. I’ll be on the Saturday afternoon panel, Aesthetics and Law. I do hope to see you there.
A bit on the symposium:
“Questioning Aesthetics Symposium-RISD” (QAS-RISD) provides a timely opportunity for the RISD community to come together and critically examine the nature and ramifications of art and design practices. In recent years RISD education has been moving toward transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries to encourage more holistic, multi-faceted approaches to art and design practice. This symposium aims to promote cross- and trans-disciplinary dialogues on aesthetic issues not only through presentations by prominent scholars and practitioners but more importantly through sustained discussion by all participants and audiences.
“Questioning Aesthetics Symposium-RISD” (QAS-RISD) is part of a series. Each QAS will explore, cultivate, and sustain new forms of transdisciplinary, international aesthetics research generated by contemporary art and design, new developments in aesthetics in other disciplines, current social-political conditions, or other instigators.
Please click here to register for the RISD conference, and here for a program of the event. A list of speakers, with bios, may be found here.
February 4th, 2016 by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento in Art Law
No one has a better–and daily–update on the art market trial of the decade than my friend Donn Zaretsky over at The Art Law Blog.
This just in from a confidential source. It appears that the wives (yes, plural) and daughter of Mexican drug lord, El Chapo Guzman, have applied for twenty-four Mexican trademarks.
Alejandrina Salazar Hernández and Emma Coronel Aispuro, wives of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, daughter of El Chapo have submitted 24 applications for trademark registration to market products under the name of El Chapo. Requests that have been submitted to the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) are: El Chapo, El Chapo Guzmán, Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, El Chapito Guzmán, El Chapito, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loaera, Don Chapo Guzmán. The registration of trademarks is in the Global Brand Database of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Some more on this story here.
Last September, PETA brought a copyright lawsuit on behalf of selfie-taking macaque, otherwise known as Naruto. Although the judge dismissed the suit in early January of this year, we were waiting for his written opinion, just released last Friday. Although the judge’s ruling remained firm, the judge did state that Naruto has leave to amend—meaning that if he wants, Naruto can try yet again to get damages from photographer David Slater and the self-publishing company Blurb, Inc.
The opinion is available here.
One key and interesting concept in copyright law is how a person could have (tangible) property rights over a cultural work, say a 1960s film of the first Super Bowl, and yet not have the right to sell or screen it.
This is exactly what’s happening to a very–or somewhat–lucky guy, Troy Haupt, who inherited a pair of two-inch Scotch tapes containing footage of the very first Super Bowl. The tapes had been estimated at $1million, which is what Haupt asked the NFL for in exchange for the tapes. The NFL told Haupt to take a hike, and furthermore, sent a letter to Haupt’s attorney threatening legal action should Haupt opt to sell his tapes to a third party. “Since you have already indicated that your client is exploring opportunities for exploitation of the N.F.L.’s Super Bowl I copyrighted footage with yet-unidentified third parties,” Dolores DiBella, a league counsel, wrote, “please be aware that any resulting copyright infringement will be considered intentional, subjecting your client and those parties to injunctive relief and special damages, among other remedies.”What to do? Public shaming has worked for some, but something tells me the NFL just doesn’t give a damn.
In the last few years, there has been a growing scholarly interest in González-Torres’ art works and the ways in which they are informed by law and juridical structures. Through the intersection of conceptual art strategies and legal instruments, González-Torres’ art works complicate and expand our understanding of what constitutes the art object, the ownership, exhibition and dissemination of art, and the public’s relationship to art and art institutions.
This symposium brings together scholars with backgrounds in law, art history and cultural history, as well as collectors and contemporary artists, in order to analyze the work of Félix González-Torres and its impact on the emerging field of art and law. This symposium is organized by Cornell Law School and the Art & Law Program and sponsored by the de la Cruz Collection.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
de la Cruz Collection
23 NE 41st Street, Miami 33137
1:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Programming (limited seating)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Reception and Keynote Panel: Love, Negation and Recollection (open to the public)
Please click on this program website link for a complete listing of the academic and artist speakers, session topics and your opportunity to request a formal invitation to the afternoon sessions which are limited seating.
January 29th, 2016 by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento in Art Law
How many of the 2015 art highlights were by “extremely wealthy cultural producers”? We do know that cash certainly makes a difference when it comes to obtaining legal advise.