29. March 2011
An Italian government official on Monday offered to end a long legal fight with the J. Paul Getty Museum by proposing shared custody of a 2,300-year-old bronze statue known as “Victorious Youth.”
The Wall Street Journal (full story)
17. March 2011
Cristian Gheorghiu scrawled ragged images and his nickname, ‘Smear,’ on L.A.’s lampposts, walls and riverbeds. Now that his gallery career is taking off, an injunction is threatening to bar him from profiting from art bearing his telltale ‘tag.’
© 2011 Los Angeles Times (full story)
14. March 2011
Street artist Thierry Guetta, better known as Mr Brainwash, is being sued by a photographer for copyright infringement over a well-known image of rap group Run DMC. Lawyers acting for photographer Glen Friedman say Guetta reproduced his 1985 photograph without authorisation and used it in unique works of art, prints and promotional material, including postcards for his 2008 debut exhibition in Los Angeles, “Life Is Beautiful”. Friedman’s lawyer, Douglas Linde, says they are entitled to a share of “indirect profits” from the exhibition. Linde is seeking unspecified damages for “damage to [Friedman’s] business in the form of diversion of trade, loss of income and profits, and a dilution of the value of its rights”.
© 2011 The Art Newspaper (full story)
16. January 2011
On Wednesday, the Associated Press announced that it had settled its lawsuit against Shepard Fairey, the street artist who allegedly took a copyrighted photo to create the famous Barack Obama “HOPE” image. Many media outlets reported the end of the battle, but left out one fact — it’s not over.
© 2010 The Hollywood Reporter (full story)
13. September 2010
The photographer who took the shot of Barack Obama that was later transformed by the street artist Shepard Fairey into the well-known “Hope” campaign poster has withdrawn a lawsuit against the Associated Press, in which he claimed he was not working for the agency when he took the picture.
© 2010 The New York Times (full story)
31. May 2010
A judge urged Friday that a copyright dispute between an artist and The Associated Press over the Barack Obama “HOPE” image be settled quickly, saying it was likely the AP would win the case.
U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein made the suggestion at a hearing in which he ordered Fairey’s lawyers to turn over records of communications Fairey had with his lawyers before he sued the AP in February 2009. He also said AP lawyers can depose Fairey a second time.
© 2010 AP (full story)
14. May 2010
PlagiarismToday breaks down copyright implications related to the worlds of fan art and fan fiction. A good read if this is your thing.
6. April 2010
The Associated Press has won a significant discovery battle in its case against artist Shepard Fairey, as the judge in the parties’ copyright dispute has ordered Fairey to hand over information and documents related to his admitted falsehoods and destruction of evidence.
© 2010 Copyrights & Campaigns (full story)
6. April 2010
An ancient gold tablet unearthed in a 1913 dig in modern-day Iraq that mysteriously ended up in the possession of a Holocaust survivor will remain in his estate, a surrogate has ruled, rather than be returned to a German museum.
© 2010 New York Law Journal (full story)
25. March 2010
Imagine going to a concert of one of the world’s biggest rock bands and seeing a giant reproduction of your art on stage. L.A.-based artist Dereck Seltzer says in a new lawsuit that it happened to him.
© 2010 Hollywood Reporter (full story and images)
23. February 2010
The last few years have raised important copyright issues and concerns for artists. There are three main factors which have impacted–and will continue to impact–how visual artists relate to each other, to art institutions, and to other intellectual property right holders when it concerns issues of copyright.
© 2010 Clancco (full story)
11. February 2010
A judge in Italy has ordered the confiscation of the famed Statue of the Victorious Youth, which is also known as the Getty Bronze. The artwork, which dates from 300 B.C. to 100 B.C., is currently in the collection at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
© 2010 The Los Angeles Times (full story)
8. February 2010
A sculptor who embedded stylized bronze footprints into a Seattle sidewalk to illustrate the steps for “The Mambo” dance has sued for copyright infringement over a stock photo (shown here) of someone interacting with the sculpture.
Sculptors Jack Mackie and Chuck Greening created the footprints in 1979 and installed them in 1981. Seattle photographer Mike Hipple made this image in 1997 and distributed it through his stock agency, AGE Fotostock in New York.
© 2010 Photo District News (full story)
11. November 2009
It’s fair to say that artist Shepard Fairey threw something of a wrench into his copyright fight with The Associated Press last month when he admitted lying — and then fabricating and destroying evidence to cover up the truth — about which AP photo he used as the basis for his iconic “Obama Hope” poster.
© 2009 IP Law & Business (full story)
29. August 2009
In early September the Mountain Dew Green Label Art series will return for part III. The third series will feature contemporary artists Pushead, Nathan Cabrera, Jeff McMillan, Stephen Bliss, UPSO and Claw Money.
…there’s really no connection between any of the six designs and Mountain Dew. Maybe the artists should have tasted the soda before setting up their easels.
I disagree. The images are all very cool and any one of them could be translated to a skateboard, surfboard or snowboard. Which I suspect is the point of this exercise. The images may not connect to Mountain Dew the electric green drink in a bottle. But they do connect to the consumer of Mountain Dew. The viewer of the X Games and the player of the XBox.
These bottles are not here to make a statement about Mountain Dew. They are here to make a statement about the kid holding the bottle or putting it on a shelf in his dorm room. They are not about the taste of the drink but the taste of the purchaser of the drink.
Even if you don’t like Mountain Dew you might buy a few just to have them sitting around. Nothing says late night conversation piece better than a silver bottle covered in green eyes or a couple of angry monkeys.
3. August 2009
As has been widely reported, the National Portrait Gallery of London (NPG) recently sent a legal threat to an American Wikipedian, Derrick Coetzee, over his posting approximately 3,000 photos of public domain paintings to Wikipedia. Because of the importance of this issue for the public domain and the Internet generally, EFF has taken Mr. Coetzee as a client.
Here’s the issue at the heart of this dispute: does something have to be in the public domain in every country on the planet before it can be posted to the Internet anywhere?
28. July 2009
The copyright lawsuit and countersuit between the Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey is no longer a two-party affair.
Now freelance photojournalist Mannie Garcia has staked his own claim in the dispute by filing court papers to join the suit alleging that he’s the copyright holder for the now-famous image of then-Senator Barack Obama, not AP, and that he has the exclusive right to license the image, not AP.
© 2009 NPPA (full story)
23. July 2009
Via Speak Out On Copyright:
On July 20, 2009, Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore launched the first Canadian public consultation on copyright policy since 2001. The consultation, which runs until September 13, 2009, provides Canadians with an exceptional opportunity to have their voice heard on the future of copyright law in Canada.
Professor Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa established SpeakOutOnCopyright.ca as platform to allow Canadians to become better educated about copyright policy and to ensure that their voice is heard. SpeakOutOnCopyright.ca is designed to give people information and tools to participate in the consultation. The site includes dozens of posts and videos on Canadian copyright law, links to additional resources, and a Take Action page that highlights the ways individual Canadians can speak out on copyright.
Interest in digital policy has grown dramatically in recent years as copyright, net neutrality, privacy, and a host of other Internet issues move onto the government’s agenda. As the government launches consultations or embarks on new legislation, it is essential that all interested Canadians make their voice heard. SpeakOutOnCopyright.ca does not tell Canadians precisely what to say, but rather provides a mechanism to allow them to become better informed so that they can provide politicians and policy makers with insightful commentary. In addition to background information on digital policy issues, the site offers tools to make it easy for people to communicate their views to government and to spread the word to friends and colleagues. The site is politically neutral, adopting the position that most digital policy issues are non-partisan.
Copyright Consultations: Official Canadian government site for copyright consultation:
20. July 2009
A new audio program is ready for listening at www.ipcolloquium.com.
Guests: Mark Lemley (Represents Shepard Fairey); Dane Cendali (Represents the Associated Press); Ken Richieri (General Counsel, The New York Times).
Description: Every year, at least one major copyright case brings to the fore the complexity, importance, and unpredictability of fair use analysis. That case this year? Shepard Fairey v. The Associated Press. In this edition of the Intellectual Property Colloquium, we dig into the Fairey fair use fight, talking with Mark Lemley, who represents the artist; Dale Cendali, who represents the AP; and, for some outside perspective, Ken Richieri, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the New York Times. UCLA law professor Doug Lichtman hosts.
13. July 2009
The Shepard Fairey case continues to get more and more bizarre. You may recall that, back in January, someone figured out which photo Shepard Fairey had used as the basis of his iconic Barack Obama poster.
© 2009 techdirt (full story)