Monday, May 30, 2016

Art Collectors Under Scrutiny in New York Tax Probe

With results this profitable, it is likely that NYS investigations of art transactions will continue. Heads up!

More here, via Forbes.


Art, Law and Aesthetics Conference Video Available Online


If you’re interested in aesthetics and law, here’s link to the video (mp4) of a panel I was part of on art and law this past March as part of the Questioning Aesthetics Symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design.

I was joined by two great presenters, Brian Soucek and Stephano Bloch. Check it out.


Court Rules Food Theft ‘not a Crime’ If Hungry

Image courtesy of Eric Pouhier, via Wikipedia, License CC BY-SA 2.5.

Homeless man in Paris. Image courtesy of Eric Pouhier, via Wikipedia, License CC BY-SA 2.5.

An Italian court overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth $4.50 (€4.07; £3) from a supermarket. Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food “in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment”, the court decided.

Appropriation by necessity.



“Stop trying to make Bert and Ernie sexual people! You’re ruining our childhoods.”


It appears that Sesame Street is going after Mately, a company that sells at-home STD tests, for using the unauthorized likenesses of Bert and Ernie in its new campaign. Can you say, rubber ducky, you’re not my friend!


Art & Law Program: Now Offering Fall 2016 Session

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Starting this year, the Art & Law Program will now offer a fall session. The 2016 fall session will meet at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) on W. 21st St., in NYC, on Monday nights from 6-9pm.

The fall term will run from September 12th to December 12th. The fall term will conclude with 7-minute Pechakucha presentations by the fall-session fellows, with respondents commenting on the presentations.

Applications to the fall 2016 term are due July 4, 2016. Application info may be found here.

This spring session is coming to a close, with architect, theorist and Yale Architecture professor Keller Easterling and Cornell Law and Anthropology professor Annelise Riles closing out our last two seminars. The spring seminars have covered diverse discourses, ranging from the impact of property and contract law on culture, to constitutional law, international law, and the relationship of morality to law.

Although we are sad to see the spring-term fellows leave, we look forward to continuing these conversations and new ones this coming fall.

For more information on the Art & Law Program, please click here.


Villain or Victim? Public Mockery Follows Photographer Suing Instagram

By Talia Kosh, Esq.

According to an article on Torrent Freak, Jennifer Rondinelli Reilly sued Instagram last March for failing to remove unauthorized uses of her image-one in particular-featuring red lips and a microphone. [1]

Photographer Reilly sent three takedown notices to Instagram over three consecutive days, but Instagram never responded to her and had still not disabled access or removed the infringements time the lawsuit was filed.

Another article written on Reilly’s lawsuit asks, “when does protecting your personal copyright turn into trolling?”[2]  The reader comment section following Torrent Freak’s article on Reilly and Instagram contained 60+ comments, many of which complain that Reilly is making a big fuss over nothing, and wondering why would Reilly go to so much trouble over non-commercial uses, believing she gave Instagram little time to respond.  A few others also though her trolling for money through litigation.

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Supremes to Decide Whether Cheerleading Uniforms Are Copyrightable

The US Supreme Court has agreed to settle the dispute over whether cheer leading uniforms are protected by copyright law.

It’s too bad Justice Scalia won’t be around to hear this case, as we can only imagine how much he would relish the opportunity to quip at this pom-pompous case. And if we can get something better than a 4-4 split, we would certainly have much to cheer about!


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