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Bill to Protect Art Authenticators Passes in NY

The New York State Senate has passed legislation which amends the New York Art and Cultural Affairs Law to limit the liability of art authenticators and appraisers. The bill needs to be voted on by the State Assembly before…
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“As if the cleverness of the theft excuses the theft itself.”

Although probably dismissed by the all-appropriation-is-fair-use posse, here’s a very poignant (feminist) take on (white male) appropriation artists. As if the cleverness of the theft excuses the theft itself. These…
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Graffiti Artists in Queens Sue Under VARA

This month, nine graffiti artists filed suit in federal court under the Visual Artists Rights Act (“VARA”) against developer Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the 5Pointz site in Long Island City, Queens, for damages caused by…
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Sculptor Wins Copyright Lawsuit in Las Vegas

A Las Vegas federal court recently awarded artist Steven Liguori over $2 million for violations of copyrights and a licensing agreement.  In the 1990s, Liguori created two large scale sculptures for Bert Hansen, the owner…
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Photographer Sues Pinterest for Copyright Infringement

A fine art photographer in Seattle, Christopher Boffoli, has filed suit against Pinterest for infringement of copyright in his photographs. This suit is the most recent in a series Boffoli has filed against Twitter, Google,…
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Büchel’s Mosque at the Venice Biennale Shut Down by City Officials

Iceland’s official contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale, a temporary, working mosque set up in a deconsecrated church created by Christoph Büchel, was shut down by city officials last week, only two weeks after it…
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Google v. Garcia: Full Panel Finds No Copyright for Individual Performance

This week, the full panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found in Google vs. Garcia that an actress portrayed in the film Innocence of Muslims, Cindy Lee Garcia, did not hold copyright in her performance. The 2012 film,…
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