Restrictions on photographing or filming copyrighted art, architecture, or other objects in public might get stricter in the European Union.
Should Media Be Charged for Using Citizen News Footage?
The convention has been to let media companies, particularly television channels, use newsworthy footage without paying a fee because it’s in the public interest to disseminate the images.
Luc Tuymans Case Illustrates the Failure of Europe’s Copyright Laws
LONDON — Belgian artist Luc Tuymans, known for his paintings that rework existing photographic source material, has been found guilty of plagiarism in a European court for using a copyrighted photograph as the inspiration for an artwork.
Free at Last! Munch, Mondrian, and Kandinsky Enter the Public Domain
A new year means new entrants into the public domain for the January 1, 2015, Public Domain Day.
Major Vivian Maier Collector Sells Holdings to Toronto Gallery
Collector Jeffrey Goldstein has sold the bulk of his Vivian Maier collection to Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery, largely removing himself from the ongoing legal saga surrounding the photographer’s estate.
Jeff Koons Sued by French Ad Guy for Plagiarism
At what point does artistic appropriation become copyright infringement? A Jeff Koons sculpture has reopened the 50-year-old debate.
With Nearly 1 Billion Licensed Works, Creative Commons Takes Stock
In its first-ever “State of the Commons” report, Creative Commons — the nonprofit that aims to facilitate the free sharing and licensing of creative work — revealed that there are at least 882 million Creative Commons–licensed works currently available online, and that sometime next year that figure is expected to pass one billion.
Empty Vitrines at British Institutions Call for Copyright Reform
Museums and libraries in the United Kingdom are demanding copyright reform by leaving exhibits and display cases conspicuously empty in protest. The institutions are making a stand against a law that prevents them from showing millions of unpublished documents, particularly those dating from World War I.
What Happens When National Geographic Steals Your Art?
National Geographic used artist Barrett Lyon’s internet image on the cover of its bookazine, 100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World, and in the book, The Big Idea, without Lyon’s permission.
UK Copyright Law Gets Exception for Parody
A series of updates to UK copyright law are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, finally allowing for the use of copyrighted material in the creation of parody, the BBC reported.
Appropriators Beware: The Author Is Not Quite Dead
I’ve been called a lot of things (including, “lawyer”), but one thing I can be proud of is never having been called a liar.
Making Sense of the Legal Battle Over Vivian Maier’s Artworks
A legal battle has ensued over who has legal rights to an artist’s photographic negatives.