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Getting a cease-and-desist letter from a major corporation pretty much sucks, but it can’t exactly be a huge surprise if you’ve been using, say, the name Coca-Cola, only slightly modified. Delete the dash between words, add an extra “l” and there you have it: CocaColla, an Italian art and design blog.
Well, that was its name, until the Coca-Cola Company recently threatened the site with a legal battle. The soft-drink manufacturer has demanded that the blog — a curated selection of work by artists and designers, with a focus on street art — withdraw its registration of the CocaColla brand and give up its domain name within 15 days. A press release put out by the Italian bloggers quotes a portion of Coke’s letter, which cites “a serious risk of confusion for consumers who may be led to believe that the sign and COCACOLLA domain name … are intended to distinguish goods/services delivered, organized or sponsored by our customers.”
The bloggers, who say they were actually inspired by the Coca-Cola brand, in their words “a symbol of pop culture, industrialization and advertising,” consulted with a lawyer but decided they can’t afford a legal battle. CocaColla.it will shut down on March 5, and they’ll start up again soon under a new, as-yet-to-be-determined name.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…