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07-12-2000, 11:49 PM
Hey Scott:

There are some interesting posts in the Debates forum under the digital art heading about copyright issues for artists. Is it possible to get a lawyer or experienced art agent, with the usual "this is not to be taken as legal advice" disclaimers, to do an occaisional "art law" column. They could even just do case studies or horror stories to help peole understand some of the basic principles.

What do you think? What do others think?

Blue Spade Productions

07-13-2000, 05:16 PM
I think that would be a cool and useful idea!
Is such a thing feasible?

07-13-2000, 11:29 PM
I just came acrossed this a few days ago, online class in copyright law, plus other classes members might be interested in, starts 7/31.http://www.vu.org/calendar.html

07-16-2000, 01:15 AM
Some thoughts, possibly for the disclaimer page or pages: Much of the applicable law is statutory, which means that the laws differ from one jurisdiction to another; and the laws often change. Wet Canvas draws an international participation list, although I suspect many are American.
One solution is to find links to information or sources, as linart suggests. Here's a copyright page from photo.net. Although it's aimed at photographers, it appears to contain information pertinent to American copyright law (including what happens when someone takes a picture of your art): http://www.photo.net/photo/copyright
Canadians, might find helpful the Self Counsel Press paperback, "Art, the Art Community and the Law". It was published in 1994, so checking for changes would be advisable. The contents list includes incorporation, keeping records, zoning, pricing, hiring help (do you need workers' compensation coverage?), copyright law, obscenity law in Canada and USA, the commercial relations between dealers and artists, contracts, auctions (e.g. who's the seller?), managing a collection, public art (e.g. who will maintain it?), family law and estate planning (art as property), gifts of cultural property, and taxes. I included this list because it's a helpful reminder of some of the issues artists might need to think about.
And as you might expect, this is not legal advice, and I take no responsibility for the information at photo.net or in the self counsel press book, etc. etc.