Monday, November 19, 2018

Kerry James Marshall not making any more public art because cities just want the money

“It just seemed like a way of exploiting the work of artists in the city for short-term gain in a really short sighted kind of way,” Marshall told the Chicago Tribune. “And so I made a decision at that time I would never do another public work.”

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Robert Indiana Estate selling art because “Litigation is expensive, especially in New York”

Yes, yes it is. And not just litigation; legal services in general.

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“Be curious”: Trademarking the voice of Stephen Hawking

In order to protect his name, the acting executors of the Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking applied for an European trademark. Logically, they applied for the wordmark STEPHEN HAWKING. But also a remarkable trademark was filed: his voice as a soundmark.

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What to do if you don’t like Trump using your music?

Not much, if you’ve signed a licensing agreement which arguably gives Trump that right.


Condo owners sue Tate Modern for alleged privacy violations

Angry over the invasion of privacy, four owners of the condominiums in the NEO Bankside building, completed in 2012, decided to sue the museum last year. They are seeking an injunction that requires the museum to block off the part of the viewing platform where visitors are able to see into the apartments or to erect a screen.

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The Artist as Lawyer, an Interview with Sergio Munoz Sarmiento about Art Law


Hrag Vertanian of Hyperallergic invited me to join him to talk about the evolving world of art law and discuss why I went to law school as an art project, what I think about some recent sensational cases (Richard Prince/Instagram, Sam Durant at the Walker Art Center, and the recent Banksy auction stunt) and my thoughts on how appropriation has changed from the 1970s.

The October 25, 2018 podcast is available here.


Copyright Office rejects registration of American Airlines logo

As part of its intellectual property strategy, American (properly) sought to register its new design with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect the expression. Oddly, its application has crashed and burned at the U.S. Copyright Office, leaving a lot of questions with few decent answers.

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