copyright

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?

Continue Reading →
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.

Continue Reading →
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.

Continue Reading →
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.

Continue Reading →
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.

Continue Reading →
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.

Continue Reading →
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.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Are Art Professionals Afraid of Fair Use?

Visual art professionals are not making use of fair use, a new report issued by the College Art Association (CAA) says, in large part because they’re concerned about the repercussions of not obtaining copyright permissions.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Happy Public Domain Day! Here’s What’s Leaving Copyright Behind in the New Year

The start of a new year means new entries into the public domain. Today is Public Domain Day, and as we did in 2012 and 2013, we’re taking a look at the artistic additions.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Cariou v. Prince Isn’t Over: Orgs Rep’ing 45,000 Creatives File Brief in Support of Cariou

Contrary to what we thought, the art law blog Clancco has found out that the infamous Cariou v. Prince copyright case is far from over. The organizations involved in this new “friend of the court” brief represent roughly 45,000 members and 100 companies in the fields of photography, the graphic arts, and media.

Continue Reading →