Friday, October 24, 2014

Who Owns Truth and Justice?


According to a news report, a corporation.

The city of Louisville, Kentucky has been wondering lately who owns a public sculpture installed outside its Legal Arts Building nearly 30 years ago.

The sculpture piece, Truth and Justice, was originally thought lost but was eventually found. The problem now is not only deciding what to do with it, but determining the rightful owner.  Apparently the paperwork detailing ownership has been lost, and the only account remaining rests with a 1973, Courier-Journal article that reported the artist commissioned to create the sculpture by the Downtown Development Corporation — a former Jefferson County financial entity, and builder of the Legal Arts Building.

The Courier-Journal has a bit more here.


No Choo Choo for Lacma; Koons Project Derailed

From today’s Bloombergnews:

The recession has derailed a Jeff Koons sculpture involving a replica of a 1944 Baldwin locomotive with an estimated cost of $25 million, making it one of the most expensive public art projects ever undertaken.

Scheduled to arrive at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2011-2012, the “Train” project got pushed to 2014-2015 when the stock market plunged last year, erasing 23 percent of Lacma’s endowment and forcing it to rethink budget priorities, the museum said. It could be canceled altogether if the museum doesn’t come up with necessary funding.



Chauffeur Charged With Stealing Employer’s Art

Heinz 57, by Andy Warhol

Heinz 57, by Andy Warhol

James Biear, a chauffeur, is charged with wire fraud and mail fraud for stealing several art pieces and heirlooms including a Warhol and selling it to a Pennsylvania art dealer for $220,000.

Biear’s now-former employer noticed his Warhol Heinz 57 box missing from his Greenwich Village apartment. He then contacted the FBI.

NY Post has the story here.


New York DA Drops Charges Against Nude Model

According to the NY Post, the Manhattan DA’s Office yesterday dropped its case against a woman who frolicked nude for an unauthorized film shoot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Graffiti Artist Arrested at His Own Ceremony


Jason Williams, a reputed tagger who was paid $1,000 to be a featured “guest artist” at a self-described graffiti art store, was arrested at the 33rd Graffiti Art Store this past weekend after police authorities found him carrying tools used in tagging.

Williams, who was on probation and goes by the name REVOK, was appearing Sunday as the guest of honor at the 33rd Graffiti Art Store, said Sgt. Augie Pando of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  Williams was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing vandalism tools, a counterfeit Los Angeles Police Department badge, and receiving stolen property.


Couple Tried to Sell Fake Warhols


Two Utahns, a 65-year-old Cottonwood Heights man and a 29-year-old woman from Saratoga Springs, were charged Wednesday with trying to sell fake Warhols to a collector by passing them off as real.

According to legal docs, the couple agreed to sell another man six Andy Warhol art pieces for $100,000 in February 2008. The man was told that the subject of the art was Mathew Baldwin, purportedly one of Hollywood’s Baldwin brothers. The pieces were signed and dated 1996.

Note to reader: there is no “Mathew Baldwin” and, most importantly, Warhol died in 1987. Both are charged with theft by deception and communications fraud, second-degree felonies. They also face six third-degree felony charges of forgery.

More from The Salt Lake Tribune here.


New Program Offers Free Legal Help for Bloggers

Attention all bloggers and news sites. The Citizen Media Law Project is launching a new program, Online Media Legal Network (OMLN), that will provide free legal help to small news sites and bloggers.

OMLN aims to assist Web publishers with a broad array of legal issues, ranging from intellectual property matters to defamation lawsuits, as well as business matters.

They already have a list of participating law firms as well as law school clinics. The law firms include Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, King & Spalding LLP, as well as Winston & Strawn LLP. Participating law school include clinics from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Harvard Law School, and Fordham Law School.

The Citizen Media Law Project is jointly affiliated with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Arizona State University’s Center for Citizen Media; the Knight Foundation is funding the new initiative.

The new program is designed for independent journalists who write about matters of public interest. For-profit ventures can qualify, as can individuals, but the program has income and revenue restrictions. Single individuals must earn less than $45,000 to qualify, and for-profit organizations must have annual gross revenues of no more than $100,000. Nonprofits must have annual operating budgets of no more than $250,000.

For more information or to see if you qualify, go to OMLN’s FAQ page here.


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