Art Law Blog

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.

Antiques Dealer Ordered to Pay $1.1 Million Over Sale of Fake Renoir

Posted April 6th, 2017 - by Amanda M.F. Bakale

New York gallery owner Alex Komolov has emerged victorious in litigation against antiques dealer Jack Shaoul arising out of the sale of a fake Renoir. Komolov, owner of the Alskom Gallery, sued S… (read more)

Categories: Art Galleries, Art Market, Authentication, Fine Art, Forgeries, Legal Developments

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)

Categories: Legal Developments

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 pla… (read more)

Categories: Copyright, Forgeries, Legal Developments
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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)

Categories: Nazi-looted Art, Provenance
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