Articles Posted in Art Law

Covering up an artist's murals with acoustic panels does not violate the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held on Friday.

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On Wednesday, February 8, 2023, a jury in federal court returned a verdict in favor of Hermès International in its trademark lawsuit against the creator of the MetaBirkins NFTs. The jury found for Hermès on its claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and cybersquatting related to Hermès' BIRKIN trademark.

Megan Thee Stallion has sued her record label in a dispute over the definition of an album. Her label allegedly considers her release, Something for Thee Hotties, a mixtape that does not satisfy her contractual obligations.

The heirs of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, known for his 20th-century abstract art, have sued the Philadelphia Museum of Art for rightful ownership of his painting Composition with Blue (1926), a painting they assert was wrongfully donated to the museum after it was stolen by the Nazis.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Friday, March 26, 2021, holding that Andy Warhol's series of prints depicting the musical artist Prince are not transformative fair use under copyright law. The three-judge panel further ruled that Warhol's prints and Lynn Goldsmith's photograph, the source material for Warhol's prints, are substantially similar as a matter of law.

The Court of Cassation in Italy has decided that a bronze sculpture found in the Adriatic Sea in 1964 should be taken from the Getty Villa near Los Angeles and returned to Italy. The bronze is known as Victorious Youth and was purchased by the Getty Trust in Germany in 1977. It…