Thursday, July 30, 2015

LA Artist Sues Green Day for Copyright Infringement

What do artists want? They want other artists to stop ripping them off. Here’s a great example of how a group of artists could have (and should have) licensed the use of an image from another artist. This isn’t about asking for permission, it’s about compensating another artist for their mental and manual labor, especially when the secondary artist (Green Day) can very well afford to pay for the use.

The example, Los Angeles-based artist Dereck Seltzer initiated a copyright infringement lawsuit against rock-band Green Day for copyright infringement, violation of the Lanham Trademark Act, unfair competition and injury to business reputation for misappropriation of Seltzer’s original art work titled Scream Icon. According to JD Journal, “In August of 2009, Seltzer was made aware that Green Day was using Scream Icon as their stage backdrop at their Los Angeles concert, in promotional materials and at other concerts.”

More from JD Journal here.


Bank of America Demands CNET Founder’s Art

A finance company owned by Bank of America demands that Christie’s auction house and the Paul Kasmin Gallery turn over more than 100 artworks that belonged to CNET founder Halsey Minor – or the money from selling them. ML Private Finance says it holds a $21.6 million judgment against Minor and the Halsey McLean Minor Revocable Trust.

Via Courthouse News Service.


Are We Really Headed Toward Permission-Based Art Making?

I’ve been thinking about whether or not artistic production is headed into a “permission-based” or “license-based” practice; one which would somehow undermine and increase the cost of artistic production.

Last night, while reading Rebecca Tushnet’s blog entry concerning journalism, the internet, and permission culture, a few thoughts concerning the perceived current threat by copyright owners against creative individuals (artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, etc) came to mind. This perceived threat is guised as encompassing (and coming into being as) permission-based and license-based structures which artists would have to abide by in order to produce art works and other creative projects. This fear would be true only if artists continue to give up on the challenges posed by creativity and gave in to facile and lazy intellectual hyperbole. Why then is this threat being promulgated, and by whom?

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Ninth Circuit to Offer Remote Live Viewing of Cassirer v. Kingdom of Spain Case

For those following the Cassirer v. Kingdom of Spain case, this may come as good news. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday announced it will offer remote viewing in Pasadena next week of en banc proceedings in San Francisco, including arguments in the Cassirer Case. The Ninth Circuit said it will broadcast live video and audio of arguments in four cases to viewers at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Courthouse—and at Ninth Circuit courthouses in Seattle and Portland, Ore., from March 23 to the 25th.

Via Metropolitan News-Enterprise. For background on the Cassirer case, click here.


Dutch Police Arrest Suspects in Dali Heist

Seems like the day of recovered stolen artworks. Last year a couple of masked robbers stole a Dali painting from the Scheringa Museum for Realist Art in Spanbroek, a village north of Amsterdam. Well, today, police arrested two suspects in that art theft. Check it out here.


FBI Recovers Stolen Painting

No good news on the Gardner Heist, but the FBI did announce that a Juan Gris painting, stolen in 2004, has been recovered in Florida and a suspect, Robert Dibartolo, has been charged with transportation of the stolen art work.

According to the criminal complaint and affidavit cited by the FBI and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the painting was taken by unknown thieves who forcibly broke into the home of Clifton Hyatt in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2004. The Juan Gris untitled canvas, a 1926 cubist impressionist still-life valued at around $1 million, was hanging in the front entryway of the house.

Via The Art Newspaper.


Art or Hate Speech?


The City of Chicago wants Federal authorities to investigate a message which they perceive to be racially-charged. Michael Corrigan posted the message, “Say no to the ghetto. White Power. Mt. Greenwood, the next Englewood,” on his own garage facing a home that is currently for sale. A white noose hung next to the words. Corrigan calls this “lawn art.” The Human Relations Commission called it “racist and deplorable,” and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether this display is in fact intimidation and in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Via Fox Chicago News.


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