Monday, February 27, 2017

Mayan Groups Aim to Protect Their Weavings via Intellectual Property

Public service add advertising the need to protect indigenous rights via intellectual property, in Spanish language.

Public service add advertising the need to protect indigenous rights via intellectual property, in Spanish language.

As it stands, there’s not much indigenous groups can do to protect their cultural patrimony or to keep companies from ripping off their designs. There’s currently no law granting Mayan groups control over their own intellectual property. But Mayan communities are fighting to trademark their work, and they could be paving the way for other indigenous groups in the process.

Another great post on indigenous rights by online powerhouse, Remezcla.


“It’s cool, Anish can have his black. But the rest of us will be playing with the rainbow!”

Pinkest pink pigment creator, Stuart Semple, is keeping Anish Kapoor from owning the rainbow (or at least hot pink). Kapoor isn’t very happy, posting his distaste at this denial on his Instagram feed. Can’t we all just get along…and not own colors?


Daniel Grant’s List of Famously Unknown Artists

For a while now we’ve been saying that the so-called “art world” is becoming more and more “legalized,” that is, informed and infected by the law. This is for the better and the worse.

Arts writer Daniel Grant takes a look at some of art law’s past heroes and heroines (or villains, depending on who you ask) and the ground they’ve paved in the name of artistic expression.

there may be a different group of artists who deserve their own separate pantheon—those who have made judicial, rather than art, history—for expanding artistic freedom and enabling other artists to create work without fear of prosecution.

Via the Observer.


Warhol Buys Campbell’s

This is one great image of Warhol buying Campbell’s soup cans.


Auction Houses in Copyright Dispute Over Collector Data

It appears Christie’s and Heritage auction houses will battle it out over who owns collector data. Given how hot the art market is, the financial value placed on numbers, data and statistics seems as important as the art works themselves.

More via the AP.


Copyright Law Might Get an Update

Lawmakers have revealed the first major copyright update proposals. Updates seem to include more searchable technology, the inclusion of a small claims board within the Copyright Office, and a 10-year term limit for the Register of Copyrights.

According to the Copyright Office, there will be more changes to come, along with proposals on music licensing.





US Supreme Court to Decide Whether “Offensive” Names Trademark Case

Oregon band “The Slants” had their name refused for trademark registration for being “offensive.” The USPTO accuses the name of being disparaging to Asian-Americans, to which the Asian-American band argues they are re-appropriating the term. The band sued, and the case has made it up to the Supreme Court.

It will be interesting to see if this case impacts the infamous Washington Redskins debate.




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