[caption id="attachment_7962" align="alignnone" width="180"] Copyright statute during the reign of Anne, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1702-1707 and Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1707-1714.[/caption] Eileen Kinsella reports for artnet News on recent changes in British copyright law affecting artists, museums, art publishers, and curators. The new provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“CDPA”), which go into effect in 2020, affect copyright protection of mass-manufactured artistic works. This class of works, which would include images of artworks printed in art books or on museum promotional goods, was previously treated differently in UK copyright law than ...
Robert W. Kastenmeier, a Wisconsin Democrat who in 1976 managed the first general revision of copyright law since 1909, died on Friday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 91. “Copyright and intellectual property is basically not ideological,” Mr. Kastenmeier said in an interview for this obituary in 2012, adding, “If you think the law has to be changed, updated, that doesn’t really have anything to do with being conservative or liberal.” More via The NY Times.
[caption id="attachment_7946" align="alignnone" width="300"] Schematic drawing for a replica of an antique basin stand, by furniture maker Frank B. Rhodes, included in Triple Canopy's Pointing Machines (Basin Stands), 2014.[/caption] The advent of 3D imaging and printing allows for the effortless production of objects, including cultural objects, based on coded, changeable data. This technology confronts the legal definition of the image and original expression, traditionally protected under the law. On Friday, April 10, 2015, Triple Canopy will host a conversation titled The End of the Image where Edward Lee, professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Jennifer L. Roberts, Elizabeth Cary ...
[caption id="attachment_7917" align="alignnone" width="300"] Slide image, The Legal Medium, Sergio Munoz Sarmiento (2015).[/caption] I've been meaning to jot down some thoughts on last weekend's art and law conference at Yale Law School. This morning I read Colby Chamberlain's remarks via Artforum, and I must say he is seriously on-point. The ramblings of lawyers (Hoffman), the aloof super-star panelists (Goldsmith and Balkin), and the branding of the conference are all quite true. I must add though (and if you're interested in art and law you should be paying attention here), that there is much, much more to art and law than copyright and fair ...
A rare permanently installed art project by Michael Asher has been destroyed. San Diego 6 and Hyperallergic have more on this story. I'd like to add that although the obvious question here is whether this project gets restored and how, one added question we have is how the answer to this question would differ if Asher were still alive. You see, when it concerned his art projects, Asher's way of thinking was that the events that unfolded due to an art projects reception and/or controversy would become part of the artwork. Most artists or their estates would react by having the ...
Yes, the Gaylord v. US copyright infringement case is still going on. This time the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an earlier decision against the United States Postal Service (USPS) that it must pay Frank Gaylord $540,000 (10%) for the unauthorized reproduction of his copyrighted Korean War Veterans Memorial on a postage stamp. Key here is that this is a ruling concerning only the unused postage stamps sold to collectors, which the trial court, relying on survey data, determined sold for a total of $5.4 million.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development sued Target in 2013, claiming it illegally profited from Parks’ fame and violated her publicity rights.
Target’s lawyers at Faegre Baker Daniels didn’t dispute that the retailer had sold the Parks-themed merchandise in stores and online. But they asserted that Target had a right to sell the products under the First Amendment because they were all biographical works “relevant to matters of legitimate public concern.”
U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins in Montgomery agreed on Monday, holding that the First Amendment shielded Target’s sales.
If you’re in St. Louis, seems like there’s an interesting exhibition over at the Contemporary Art Museum.
By all accounts, self-taught artist Jesse Howard was cantankerous. In middle of the last century, it wasn’t unusual to see hand-painted signs on country roads advertising a traveling fair or a farm sale. But Howard’s signs offered Bible verses. They proclaimed his anger at his neighbors and the government, and his disappointments with the world around him. “Every word I’m saying’s the truth,” the artist said of his work. “Every word.” … Speaking what he wanted to speak didn’t make life easy for Howard, but now at least people are listening.
Given that it is curators who frame the context of an exhibition, during a controversy they are usually the ones to also negotiate with the hosting institution and the general public, handle the fallout of controversies, while also making decisions about keeping or removing specific works. The goal of this seminar series is to inform and equip curators with strategic and legal means with which to safeguard their curatorial vision and to negotiate effectively with diverse and interested parties.
This one-day series of four seminars will take place at NYU on March 28th, and offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues and with experts, the challenges of organizing and presenting exhibitions containing controversial work. The seminar sessions will be followed by an evening panel discussion that will be open to the public.
This seminar series consists of four seminars led by Johanna Burton, director and curator of education and public programs at the New Museum, Laura Raicovich, Director of the Queens Museum of Art, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, artist and art lawyer, and Robert Storr, artist and curator, Dean of the Yale School of Art.
Please feel free to distribute and disseminate this call for applications. Although the four day-time seminars are open to curators only, please note that the night-time panel discussion is open to the public. Applications are due February 27, 2015.
The workshop is organized by the Arts Advocacy Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program, Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU Steinhardt and the Art & Law Program.
Several art galleries and dealers have received subpoenas from the Manhattan district attorney’s office requesting sales and shipping records, according to lawyers for the businesses, suggesting that investigators may be revisiting the issue of whether galleries and collectors are properly paying sales tax for art sold in New York[.]
Don’t get excited, this doesn’t mean there will be regulation of the art market any time soon, but what it does highlight is how collectors and art galleries–presumably all politically liberal–don’t exactly practice what they preach.
Via The NY Times.
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