Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Entertainment must go to trial to defend against a copyright claim by Gary Friedrich, who claims he created the comic book character “Ghost Rider,” a motorcycle-riding superhero with a flaming skull.
The case is Gary Friedrich Enterprises LLC v. Marvel Characters Inc., 12-00893, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. U.S. Judge Denny Chin wrote on behalf of a three-judge panel.
Via Bloomberg Businessweek.
This story is a bit unclear, but it seems that the issue boils down to who owns the actual Polaroids: the Warhol Foundation or Frans Wynans Fine Art.
Via Courthouse News Service.
British artist Phil Thompson‘s art project, Copyrights, critiques the Google Art Project and its grand attempt at bringing art to the masses. In his project, Thompson makes screen grabs of the blurred images in his browser window, sends them to the Dafen Oil Painting Village in China and then exhibits those works in a gallery.
Keep in mind that due to copyright concerns Google blurs out certain art works in the Art Project. What we like about this project is that instead of lamenting how copyright denies and thus oppresses our “right” to access and view free art, Thompson takes a much more poetic and critical position by — gasp! — appropriating those blurred out artworks making art out of them. Kind of reminds us of Allan McCollum’s Perpetual Photos (1982-89) of paintings seen in television shows which McCollum then photographs, enlarges, and exhibits as blurry photographs. Love it!
Cowboys Milking. Cady Noland, 1990.
In a case with implications for artists’ rights and auction house contracts, a New York state court dismissed on a $6 million lawsuit brought against artist Cady Noland by dealer Marc Jancou. The suit alleged Noland interfered with the contract to sell the work Cowboys Milking, 1990, owned by Jancou, when she disowned it in November 2011, a few days before it was scheduled to be auctioned at Sotheby’s.
Via The Art Newspaper.
The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) and The Chicago Bar Association Media and Entertainment Committee present “The Visual Artist’s Rights Act, Copyright and Conceptual Art: Creating and Protecting Art After Chapman Kelley v. Chicago Park District,” featuring Artist Chapman Kelley and Founding Director of CIPLIT, Professor Roberta Kwall.
This event is in Chicago!
May 30th, 2013 by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento in Trademark
That’s right. Don’t even think about using the “I [heart] NY®” logo, or for that matter, the “I [heart] [insert whatever you'd like here],” or you’re pretty much guaranteed to receive a cease-and-desist letter from NY state’s Department of Economic Development.
And certainly don’t get a tattoo of it.
The Velvet Underground has settled a legal fight with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over the rights to the iconic pop art image of a banana used by the Velvet Underground in their notorious album.
In the lawsuit, the Velvet Underground claimed exclusive use of the banana design for licensed merchandising. The lawsuit sought damages and an injunction to prevent the foundation from licensing the image. Apparently the Warhol Foundation was planning to license the banana design to Apple Inc. for iPhone and iPad products.
Obviously, no terms of settlement were released.
More via Reuters.