Sunday, April 18, 2021

“Art critic” Rob Storr pulls no punches

Rarely do I agree with pompous and elderly aromatic Rob Storr, but this time I do. “I also distrust academic Marxists because they have never done any real politics at all, so they don’t know that danger.” God bless!


Seth Siegelaub: “Better Read Than Dead” Conversation and Book Launch

Don’t miss this interesting panel on a new book concerning Seth Siegelaub and his very own “writings—one of the projects for which he never found the time, busy as he was running his global one-man operation. Edited by a group of researchers and curators who each collaborated with Siegelaub, the book brings together his personal notes, public interviews, and precious few published writings into one volume, offering unprecedented insight into the many facets of his inquisitive life.”

Panel includes Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Jo Melvin, and James Hoff. More info on this event here.


Significant New Trademark and Copyright Legislation

Our good friend, Dave Steiner, gives us a good recap of recent copyright and trademark legislation.

Interestingly, in regard to the Copyright (Small) Claims Board, Steiner writes,

Participating in a procedure before the CCB is voluntary—a respondent may opt out of a procedure originally brought before the CCB. In that event, the CCB must dismiss the proceeding without prejudice, which presumably would force the claimant to file a case in district court. Although other consequences of opting out are not yet clear, we would expect that doing so may lead to larger damages awards and increase the probability of an award of attorneys’ fees for a claimant who prevails over a respondent who has opted out.


2021 Art & Law Program Fellows Announced

You may read about the new crop of Art & Law Program fellows here.


Neil Young Sells Rights to Half of His Songbook

Recently we’ve read about Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Lindsey Buckingham selling all or part of their music rights. Add Neil Young to the list.

According to Bloomberg News, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd. bought 50% of the rights to folk and rock songwriter Neil Young’s discography


Works from 1925 are open to all

It’s public domain time. Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a very thorough, funny and witty article on what works are now in the public domain and free for use in the United States. Included in this list is one of my favorite artworks of all-time, Joan Miró’s The Birth of the World, from 1925.


Why would anyone be a compliance director when the risk of financial and criminal exposure is so high?

‘cuz art and the art is so sexy and cool?


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