The lawsuit1 recently filed by the Mayor Gallery against the authors and sponsors of the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné illustrates the ongoing legal risks faced by scholars and other agents who volunteer to authenticate artworks.

Authenticators play a valuable role in the fine art market by providing assurance to collectors, which promotes the purchase…

An erroneous copying of a judicial opinion led the Seventh Circuit to reverse a decision about an erroneous copying of a portrait.

Jesus Muhammad‐Ali, the grandson of deceased Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, painted a portrait of the current leader, Louis Farrakhan, at his request.  Ali registered a copyright of that commissioned portrait in…

Carol Highsmith, a renowned American photographer, has filed a lawsuit against Getty Images (“Getty”) and others for violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).1  Specifically, Highsmith alleges that the three defendants – Getty and Alamy (companies that sell stock photos) and License Compliance Services (“LCS”) (a company that searches the internet for copyright-infringing…

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No one knows exactly how much art and cultural property the Nazis stole during what Agnes Peresztegi has called “the greatest art theft in history.” According to the Holocaust-Era Looted Art: A World-Wide Preliminary Overview, presented at the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague, a “very considerable amount of looted movable artwork…and [cultural] property” held both privately and publicly remains to be recovered more than seventy years later. That same overview found...
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In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals adopted a utility-based standard for determining when a work of art is deemed “applied art” and therefore not entitled to protection under the Visual Artists Rights Act (“VARA”).1 VARA was enacted in 1990 as an amendment to the Copyright Act, and incorporated the concept of droit moral...