[caption id="attachment_9319" align="alignnone" width="210"] Images in question in the Graham v. Prince copyright infringement case.[/caption] The Federalist's Robin Ridless takes some clean power-punches at the "ivy-cloistered radicalism" of the "all-appropriation-is-fair-use" jihadists. Here's one example, To read a sampling of current American law review articles on the topic, it is easy to form the impression that copyright and trademark protections comprise this nation’s gravest injustice. The call by legal academics to get rid of almost all intellectual-property protection at first seems like a reversal of the Left’s usual promotion of the nanny state. And then this zinger, Legal grants of “monopoly” in artworks suppress the free speech ...
The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property has put together "a summary of the intellectual property backgrounds of President Trump’s twenty-one potential Supreme Court nominees. The summary addresses judicial, legislative, and legal experience, as well as education and scholarly work. The summary includes data on each nominee’s intellectual property cases, whether decided as a judge or argued in private practice. Where appropriate, the summary also notes legislative bills that were co-sponsored by the nominee." For judges, the summary also notes how many cases, per IP area, the judge ruled in favor or against the owner and infringer.
The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to assess the current state of U.S. law recognizing and protecting moral rights for authors, specifically the rights of attribution and integrity. As part of this study, the Office will review existing law on the moral rights of attribution and integrity, including provisions found in title 17 of the U.S. Code as well as other federal and state laws, and whether any additional protection is advisable in this area. To support this effort and provide thorough assistance to Congress, the Office is seeking public input on a number of questions. Comments ...
[caption id="attachment_9276" align="alignnone" width="300"] Public service add advertising the need to protect indigenous rights via intellectual property, in Spanish language.[/caption] As it stands, there’s not much indigenous groups can do to protect their cultural patrimony or to keep companies from ripping off their designs. There’s currently no law granting Mayan groups control over their own intellectual property. But Mayan communities are fighting to trademark their work, and they could be paving the way for other indigenous groups in the process. Another great post on indigenous rights by online powerhouse, Remezcla.
The Art & Law Program is now accepting applications on a Rolling Basis. Applicants who apply through Rolling Admissions can expect to receive a decision from the Program 1 to 2 weeks after their application is received. The Program's admissions process is competitive—as each year they get many more applications than they have spaces for, so if you'd like to increase the likelihood of acceptance or need to know of an acceptance or rejection as soon as possible, obviously the sooner you apply the better it is for you. Non-US based applicants are strongly encouraged to apply sooner rather than later. In ...
The essay below, Free Speech and Property Rights: Censorship in the Arts, was written by artist and educator Charles Gaines, in response to the recent events concerning artistic speech at the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Gagosian Gallery in New York City. In this essay, Gaines explains how artists, art media sources, and art institutions should combat the silencing of artistic expression through means other than law. The reader will notice that we have included the short version on the front page of this website, and the longer version below.
Gaines has graciously agreed to publish his essay with Clancco.com, with the hope of using his essay as a petition statement from artists, writers and art viewers to be sent to museums and galleries. In this light, we hope you will sign-on to this petition. You may access the petition form and list here.
-Charles Gaines, January 2011
I’ll be teaching this 5-week course, Law School for Visual Artists, at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, starting February 2, 2011. If you’re a visual artist, don’t miss it. Oh, it’s also free!
When: February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 2011.
Where: VLA, 1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022 (Auditorium)
Registration Fee: Free to visual artists
Legal issues can be overwhelming for many visual artists: relationships with galleries, appropriation practices, damaged artwork, art world employment practices, and collaborations with other artists are just some of the issues visual artists face.
With this in mind, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has initiated a course for contemporary visual artists that will make legalese comprehensible and manageable, while giving visual artists an introduction to legal issues necessary to protect themselves and their art projects. This 5-week lecture series will cover intellectual property (copyright and trademarks); contracts, consignment agreements, and licensing agreements; basic business models (non-profit and for-profit corporations, LLC’s); employment issues with studio and gallery assistants; artist websites; as well as issues in public art and commissioning agreements.
The classes will be taught by VLA’s Associate Director, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento
This class series is open to visual artists only, and includes class materials.
Class series will take place on the following Wednesdays: February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 2011
All classes will take place from 4pm – 6pm, and will be held at the VLA Auditorium (1 East 53rd Street, 6th floor, NY).
To register for this free lecture series, please e-mail the following information (your name, e-mail address, artistic medium (film, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, etc.), and years of professional practice) to Luis Nieto Dickens at firstname.lastname@example.org before January 23, 2011.
Please note: Seating is limited, and thus unfortunately we cannot accommodate every registration. In order to be registered for this lecture series, registrants must attend all 5 classes. You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration on January 24, 2011. Please do not contact us regarding your pending registration.
This program generously sponsored by The AG Fund and The Matisse Foundation.
I was just reading Marie Darrieussecq‘s Dispatch (sorry, no link) in the recent Art Review Journal–concerning the “censorship” of Larry Clark’s recent exhibition in Paris–and it reminded me of the recent skirmishes in the U.S. with restrictions on the exhibition and experiencing of artworks. There is of course the recent National Portrait Gallery fiasco over their removal of David Wojnarowicz’s video; Jeffrey Deitch’s change of mind and paint-over at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA); and Ingrid Homberg’s violent ousting from the Gagosian Gallery, NY.
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