What are the intellectual property rights of tattoo artists? Video games that depict athletes are testing the limits.
US Copyright Office Says Animal Authors Aren’t Protected by Copyright
Earlier this month I wrote here that it would be very difficult to argue that a monkey could create a copyrightable work. Seems I was right.
Street Artists Sue Terry Gilliam for Copyright Infringement
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.
Going Ape Over a Photograph’s Copyright
Apparently Wikimedia, the US-based organization behind Wikipedia, is refusing to remove an image of a monkey taken by … wait for it, wait for it … the monkey itself.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.