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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post image for Copyright Laws Are a-Changin’ (Maybe) in the US and EU

The arena of copyright is a global morass of collaboration, appropriation, and theft. Rights management is a nightmare for artists and a cash machine for the legal profession, but two recent developments, one in the United States and the other in the European Union, aim, respectively, to expand the scope of royalties and streamline process by which rights and permissions are transacted.

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Post image for What Happens When Literature Enters the Public Domain?

“Work that fails to enter a canon — literary, historical, or otherwise — tends to languish on the dustier shelves of college libraries. Digitization allows a new generation of scholars to look at them with fresh regard.”

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Post image for Getty Museum Sets 4,600 Images Free

Yesterday, the J. Paul Getty Trust announced that they will be “making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.”

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