Art Law BlogPosts by Kate Lucas

The art world, and the laws that regulate it, are continually evolving.  Grossman LLP’s Art Law Blog offers our insights into the important legal issues and developments impacting the art world on a daily basis.

Graffiti Artists’ VARA Claims Regarding Destruction of 5Pointz Works Head to Trial

Posted April 10th, 2017 - by Kate Lucas


Earlier this month, the graffiti-artist plaintiffs in the now-famous 5Pointz case scored an interim victory that is expected to send the case to a trial later this year. Our previous posts con… (read more)


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New York Appellate Court Rules That Invoices Are Not The Final Word On Determining Ownership Of Artwork

Posted April 4th, 2017 - by Kate Lucas


A New York appeals court today issued a ruling in a matrimonial case that could have important implications for how courts will evaluate questions of title to artwork.  The case serves as a remin… (read more)


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Supreme Court Decision in Cheerleading Uniform Case Clarifies Standards for Copyrightability of Graphic Elements of Useful Articles

Posted April 2nd, 2017 - by Kate Lucas


This blog follows important legal developments in the copyright arena, including cases regarding “copyrightability,” i.e., the threshold question of whether a work is entitled to copyright.  Last… (read more)


Categories: Copyright, Legal Developments

Appeals Court Upholds Jury Award To Sculptor For Copyright Infringement

Posted March 28th, 2017 - by Kate Lucas


Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $450,000 jury award in a case against a businessman who commissioned knockoff copies of several of the artist’s sculptures. The … (read more)


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Trend Toward Voluntary Restitution of Allegedly Looted Artworks Continues

Posted March 9th, 2017 - by Kate Lucas


While we often write about high-profile litigation over Nazi-looted artworks, it’s worth noting that in recent months, there have been a number of important examples of voluntary restitution, as … (read more)


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