Thursday, May 25, 2017

Conference: Contemporary Art and Copyright: Copyright or Right to Copy?

Avid Clancco reader and art law attorney Elisa Vittone just e-mailed us with information concerning a conference on copyright and contemporary art, which she claims is the “first conference in Italy concerning the relationship between Contemporary Art and Law.” Among the participants are the Director of Artissima, the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Director of Contemporary Art Department of Christie’s, the Head of Hogarth Chambers London, the President of Turin Court of Appeal. The conference, Contemporary Art and Copyright: Copyright or right to copy?, will take place on March 11, 2010, in Turin, Italy.

From the press release:

In 2010, the National Gallery, London and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris organised exhibits, which called concepts of uniqueness, originality and authenticity into question.?How can the law settle this? How far is artists’ freedom willing to go? Does a uniform application of resale right really operate in the EU? ?What impact will the Dalì decision of the European Court of Justice have in the EU State Members? For the first time, SIAE (Italian collecting society) and DACS (the English one) will talked about the much-discussed resale rights discipline in EU.

Program information below!

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Thefts of the Day


Burglars have pilfered artwork from a Southampton home owned by the widow of a former city political power broker and, in the French island of Corsica, a bizarre story unfolded early Saturday morning when a security guard, Antoine Mocellini, stole four artworks and held them for ransom, demanding that authorities provide him with a place to live. But when he led police to his car, where he said he had stashed the works of art, it had been broken into and the works had disappeared.


The Creation and/or Display of Public Art is Prohibited

This one warms my heart.

An artist trying to install mural paintings in Greenwood Lake, NY was stopped by a local ordinance, which cited that “[t]he creation and or display within the Village of Greenwood Lake of public art is prohibited.” Yes, this isn’t Texas for all you Southern haters. This is New York State.

On Feb. 6, the artist, Melanie Gold, put up three six-and-a-half-foot square artworks. Consequently, the building owner was issued a $25 fine and told to take it down by Feb. 22 or risk imprisonment or more fines.

What did Gold do? What every good American does at this point: sue. She contacted Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Through VLA, lawyers from the firm of Robins, Kaplan filed suit in federal court on Tuesday, accusing the village of violating her right to free speech and promulgating an unconstitutional and impossibly broad ban on artistic expression. Stay tuned for the outcome. [Full disclosure: I am the associate director of VLA.]

Via the paper of record.


What Che Can Teach Shepard Fairey

If only Shepard Fairey had been this astute. About a year ago I wrote about how the copyright to the iconic Che Guevara image was being used to protect it from crass commercial use (Can Copyright Lawsuits Be Used To Protect Meaning?)

Now we hear that Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick is seeking to do the same with his rendition of Alberto Korda’s black and white photograph. Is this Shepard Fairey v Associated Press all over again?

Not exactly. Fitzpatrick is seeking to obtain full copyright to his image, and then transfer it to Korda’s daughter.

Via Artdaily. Thanks to a loyal Clancco reader for the lead to this one!


College President Removes Painting Based on Content

This is a couple of weeks old, but still worth mentioning, especially with the increase in censorship and silencing of speech in the last few months.

Last month, Martha T. Nesbitt, president of Gainesville State College, had an adjunct art instructor’s painting — dealing with themes of racism and violence in American history — removed from a faculty art show. The painting depicts a Klansman and a lynching superimposed on a Confederate battle flag.

According to Insider Higher Ed, Nesbitt defended her actions.

“Sometimes a president has to make difficult decisions,” said Nesbitt in an official statement. “First and foremost, I have to consider the impact of an action on the health and reputation of the institution. In this instance, I made a judgment call that the negative results would outweigh the positive ones.”

The National Coalition Against Censorship reports that the painting drew protests spurred by a post on Southern Heritage Alerts.

Insider Higher Ed has more here.


$600K Banksy Artwork Destroyed

So reports the LA Weekly. Apparently CBS Outdoor was so upset with Banksy’s appropriation and, shall we say, transformation of one of their billboards that they had some of their crew take it down and crumble it up into a useless ball. Problem? The billboard was estimated to be worth $600,000 (the Banksy artwork that is).

LA Weekly here, with some interesting video footage of the artwork being trashed.


Art Law In Texas

I’m headed to my beloved Texas for an all-day event on art law. The all-day panel, Art Law – Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask, will feature five speakers, including yours truly, on the following topics: Intellectual Property Rights, Employment Issues, Charitable Donations and Contracts. If you’re an artist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I do hope you can make it. Registration here:

When: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Where: Texas Wesleyan School of Law 1515 Commerce Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102

How Much: $25 for Artists ; $75 for Attorneys applying for CLE credit

Cost Includes: Course materials, Lunch, Parking, Four fact-filled sessions


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