Sunday, July 22, 2018

Mark Leckey’s Cult Classic Video Removed from YouTube Following Copyright Claim (UPDATE)


According to a removal notice posted by the artist to Instagram last week, the video posted by Leckey was deleted by Google following a copyright claim from the distribution company Fremantle Media, Inc. What, exactly, the company claimed as its own property remains unclear. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Via Artnews.

UPDATE: July 20, 2018

Apparently it’s back up!



Pseudo Anarchists send cease and desist letter

Disclaimer: I was and still am a Rage Against the Machine (“RATM”) fan. However, silly types of censorship are not what RATM is known for, but I suppose they feel (since not much thinking seems to be going on here) that unless they take legal action and make it public, their fans will somehow think that they’ve gone from raging anti-conservatives to neo-fascists. Venting at conservative Nigel Farage, RATM’s letter states, in part, “Stop using RATM’s name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump.”

You decide.


US Homeland Security: “Photography could be a sign of terrorism-related suspicious activity”

“[This] is not focused on the right of photography or media filming itself, but more about what/how/when someone might be photographing or filming something. We are not asking people to file a report if they see someone taking pictures through the normal course of daily life, but rather if someone is filming secure areas or security protocols in a prolonged manner.”

More here.


ANNOUNCEMENT: The Art & Law Program now accepting applications for Fall 2018 term

The Art & Law Program seminar room at Cornell University's AAP in New York City.

The Art & Law Program seminar room at Cornell University’s AAP in New York City.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Art & Law Program is now moving to a fall term starting this year, 2018. Applications for the fall 2018 term are now being accepted. The fall 2018 term will run from early September to mid-December 2018.

Application and application instructions available here.

The Art & Law Program is a seminar-colloquium that focuses on the study of law as a linguistic system, institutional force, and power structure, with a particular focus on how the discourses and practices of law and visual culture impact each other, self-governance, history, and culture.

The Program consists of a nonpartisan community that aims to attract individuals in the areas of visual art, architecture, criticism, art history, curating, and film. This list is non-exclusive. Artists with non-traditional cultural practices are especially encouraged to apply, as are cultural producers interested in the cultural effects of law.

Please help spread the word, and good luck!


Curator Files Discrimination Lawsuit after MoMA PS1 Rescinded Its Job Offer

Nikki Columbus, the former executive editor of Parkett magazine, has filed a lawsuit against MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, after the institution recruited her for a curatorial position and then allegedly rescinded its offer after learning that she recently had a child. According to Columbus’s legal representation, the New York–based firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, the museum’s actions are in violation of the city’s laws on caregivers, pregnancy, and women’s rights.


General Motors claims graffiti artist has no copyright

Another graffiti copyright lawsuit. Although this NY Times article makes this dispute seem novel and urgent, it actually reads more like a law school exam or another fantastical law review article.


Kerry James Marshall unveils memorial to Black lawyers

The memorial sits in Des Moines, Iowa and stands 30 feet tall, weighs nearly 25 tons, and is clad in black manganese ironspot brick.


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