Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on April 14, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Castle manager disappears 58 paintings, art thief returns loot to restaurant, opera company sells bronze sculpture for scrap.

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Post image for Artist Ticked Off at Watchmaker’s Unauthorized Use of His Work

The Saudi artist Ahmed Mater is suing watchmaker Swatch for using one of his works to sell a luxury timepiece.

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Post image for Street Artist Sues Developer for Using His Mural to Sell Condos

The street artist Craig Anthony Miller is suing the real estate developer Toll Brothers for using a mural he painted in Dumbo, Brooklyn, to market a nearby condo development.

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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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A French court has ordered a blogger to pay €2,500 (~$3,380) for writing a negative review of a restaurant, Eater reported.

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Post image for Corcoran Group Mounts Legal Challenge to National Gallery Deal

Several concerned parties, including the Save the Corcoran advocacy group, have filed legal briefs seeking to block the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s planned integration with the National Gallery, Washington City Paper reported.

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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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The Art of Art Lawsuits

by Daniel Grant on February 4, 2014

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What has really riveted the attention of the art world in the last few seasons is the law.

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Post image for Can a Town Be a Museum? The Battle Over Jim Thorpe’s Bones

Jim Thorpe was arguably the greatest athlete of all time, yet the sports legend has mostly been in the news of late due to his remains, which were controversially buried in a town he never visited.

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Lady Gaga has been accused of plagiarizing from many artistic sources: Canadian-Ukranian artist Taras Polataiko, New York performance artist Colette, and Canadian artist Jana Sterbak, to name a few. But now someone’s finally going the extra step and suing her.

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