Wednesday, October 17, 2018

City of Paris finds home for controversial Jeff Koons sculpture

It’s to be installed in central Paris at a site near the Champs Elysees. Glad they figured it out.


On the history of performance and copyright

If you’ve ever tried to get permission to perform a play, you’ve probably encountered some issues having to do with theatrical copyright. But where did the concept of copyrighting theatrical works come from? What do the legal wrangles over who owns the rights to a performance say about the nature of theatre?

Harvard University professor Dr. Derek Miller opines on this topic in a podcast, available here.


Google Images will now display creator and copyright metadata

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Google has revealed that it will now include creator and credit metadata in photos it displays on Google Images, and in the coming weeks it will add copyright notice metadata, meaning visitors can see with a couple of clicks who the photographer was and who owns the rights.

More here.


Ana Mendieta Estate sues Amazon Studios

According to Artnews,

Amazon “encouraged, assisted, induced, caused, and/or materially contributed to a vast number of actual or imminent copyright infringements” by way of images that evoke Mendieta’s work, according to the suit. The estate is demanding that Amazon Studios pay damages for using Mendieta’s work without permission.

More here.


Jeff Koons sued again

Advertising creative director Franck Davidovici sued Mr Koons, among the world’s most bankable living artists, for €300,000 (£270,000) for copyright infringement, saying he had produced what his lawyer called a “servile copy” of a famous advertising campaign he ran in 1985 for French clothing brand Naf-Naf.

More via The Telegraph.


Copyright Office publishes guides on registering groups of photographs

The U.S. Copyright Office has published guides on how to go about registering published and unpublished groups of photographs.


Did California Court make the right decision in not dismissing this copyright lawsuit?

GM had argued that its use of Falkner’s mural was legal because copyright law allows photographic depictions of architectural works. “This right to photograph an architectural work extends to those portions of the work containing pictorial, graphic, or sculptural elements,” the company argued in a July legal filing. “Because [Falkner’s] mural is painted onto an architectural work, it falls squarely within the ‘pictorial representation’ exemption, and his copyright infringement claim should be dismissed.”

More here.


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