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US copyright office says animals can't claim copyright

Earlier this month I wrote here that it would be very difficult to argue that a monkey could create a copyrightable work. Seems I was right.

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Ever, Jazz, Other,

Three street artists have filed a lawsuit against Terry Gilliam, alleging that the director “misappropriated” their copyrighted collaborative work in his upcoming film The Zero Theorem.

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Post image for Going Ape Over a Photograph’s Copyright

Apparently Wikimedia, the US-based organization behind Wikipedia, is refusing to remove an image of a monkey taken by … wait for it, wait for it … the monkey itself.

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Post image for Did Karl Lagerfeld Steal a Sneaker Design?

As mass-market fashion continues its longstanding tradition of ripping off independent designers, a twist in the narrative emerges: is a high-end designer now ripping off a mass-market company?

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Post image for Artist Trademarks Pi, Inadvertently Trolls Internet

Art practice today can be a confusing thing, and Brooklyn-based artist Paul Ingrisano’s decision to trademark the symbol for pi followed by a period has caused a furor online.

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Post image for Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images, with Restriction

Late last Friday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it has made 400,000 images of artworks in its collection available for free download — but the move comes with a major caveat: the images are only intended for noncommercial, scholarly use.

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Post image for Auction Houses Lobby Against Artist Resale Royalty Act

The fight to obtain resale royalties for visual artists may be gaining momentum thanks to the newly introduced American Royalties, Too (ART) Act of 2014, but the major auction houses are determined to stop it.

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Post image for Government Noir, or When the Pentagon Meets Copyright Law

Over at Gawker, John Cook has posted a highly entertaining video commissioned by the Pentagon in 2001 to educate its staff on protocol for handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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Post image for Easing up on Litigation, Getty Images Goes Free for Non-Commercial Use

Getty Images made a remarkable shift this week from blanketing the internet with ominous copyright infringement letters to offering some 35 million of their images for free non-commercial use.

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Post image for Congressmen Propose National Resale Royalty Act for Artists

US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have introduced a bill that would give visual artists royalties on the resale of their work, or droit de suite, Congress announced this afternoon.

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