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*Jan. 15, 2014 -- Looting and Fraud in Art (Barcelona, Spain) 7 PM
If you find yourself in Barcelona and art law starved, check out the second José Manuel Lluent program on  "Looting and fraud in Art." The event will be attended by  Marco Mercanti (Founder and CEO of Oblyon); Jesús Gálvez Pantoja (head of the investigation unit of the Civil Guard); Mariano Costoso (Regional Deputy of Cultural Heritage in Catalonia) and Joan Cifuentes Mesa (from the central theft unit and cultural heritage protection of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalonian local police law enforcement body).

*Jan. 21, 2014 -- Art Law Mixer @ Mixed Greens (New York City, NY) 6 PM - 8 PM
Come celebrate 2014 with Center for Art Law! Some of us have all the answers, some only have questions. But we all share the certain je ne sais quoi at the intersection of law and the arts. With a glass of sparkling in hand (or beer), wouldn't you want to meet your fellow art law fans and discuss great developments of 2013 and anticipate hot topics in art law in 2014? Center for Art Law invites you to a happy hour, or two, with fellow lawyers, students, artists, gallerists and anybody else who gets excited about art cases, authentication disputes, fakes and forgeries, fair use factors, looted antiquities and blockage discounts on art works.
Jan. 28, 2014 -- Copyright Fair Use Across the Media (EASL/NYSBA, New York City, NY; Hilton Midtown) 1 PM - 3 PM
Fine art, publishing,  motion pictures and television are all governed by the same legal precepts, but how copyright fair use is applied in practice in each of them can be very different.   The norms and concerns are shaped, in part by different financing and insurance requirements, as well as different levels of risk tolerance.  We will cover the basic concepts, and then compare and contrast the application across the media.
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*Jan. 29, 2014 -- Art from Abroad: Legal Protection of Objects from Foreign Countries (Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC) 12 PM - 2 PM 
DC Bar Association event will explore "Whether buying or borrowing art and cultural heritage objects from overseas, handling foreign objects is fraught with legal dangers.  The panel will explore mechanisms that the law provides for dealing with illegal exports to U.S., how foreign nations can protect objects loaned to U.S. institutions, and the ramifications of recent art-related lawsuits against foreign sovereigns in the United States.


  • Eden Burgess, Attorney, Cultural Heritage Partners PLLC
  • Patty Gerstenblith, Chair, U.S. Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee and Professor of Law, DePaul University, School of Law
  • Laina Lopez, Attorney, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP (Speaker/Moderator)

NOTE: Events with a * next to the date are appearing in the Newsletter for the first time.
  • Tad Crawford, Business and Legal Forms for Fine Arts (3rd. Ed.) (May 2014) Available for pre-order here
"The third edition ... includes new forms for hiring and firing employees, agreements to arbitrate, promissory notes, and general releases, plus: commercial lease, sublease, and lease assignment, contract for the sale of an artwork, contract for a commission, delivery-of-art confirmation form, contract for an exhibition loan, model release, and much more."
  • Melanie Gerlis, Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets; ISBN 978-1-84822-134-5
  • Anne-Marie O'Connor, The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Feb. 2012) ISBN: 0307265641
Described as a "riveting social history; an illuminating and haunting look at turn-of-the-century Vienna; a brilliant portrait of the evolution of a painter; a masterfully told tale of suspense. And at the heart of it, the Lady in Gold--the shimmering painting, and its equally irresistible subject, the fate of each forever intertwined." You may purchase this book here.
*Please visit our Publications page to see the list of books and articles previously featured in this Newsletter.

What's New:
  • Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri introduces a bill to honor the Monuments Men “... the incredible men and women ... who protected millions of cultural artifacts from devastation during World War II and preserved these invaluable treasures for future generations... to encourage more Americans to learn about the rich history of these works of art and the remarkable legacies of the Monuments Men.”
  • Call for papers: LCCHP is accepting student papers for its annual writing competition. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2014. "The competition is open to US law students, and recent law graduates who were students at the time that they wrote their papers, of schools approved by the American Bar Association. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. ..."
  • Pierre Ciric, Principle of Ciric Law Firm,  interviewed by Arte,for a story on the Grosz v. MoMA case and other restitution efforts in the US.

Recent Court Action of Note:
  • Brand X v. Wool -- breach of contract for production of prints in a work for hire; preliminary conference scheduled for Jan. 28, 2014, at Supreme Court, New York County, 60 Centre Street, Room 228, New York, NY.
  • Calder v. Perls -- case dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.

Internship Opportunities

Office of the General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Service (2L/3L Candidates) (Washington, DC)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries throughout the country. Representative projects include: national leadership grants to support model projects in museums and libraries; library grants to states to improve access to information through electronic resources sharing; Native American library service grants to support the library programs used by tribes and Alaska Native villages; grants to support institution assessment of collections management and public programs in museums; and conservation grants to support the preservation of manuscripts, books and artifacts in the nation's museums.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)  is now accepting applications for it's Legal Fellows Program 2014 (New York City, NY).
  • Fellows for the spring to begin work in April 2014. Application deadline is January 31st
  • Fellows for the fall to begin work in August or September 2014. Application deadline is March 31st.
Legal Fellowships at VLA are available to recent law school graduates and deferred associates. VLA's Legal Fellows interact daily with clients and gain hands-on experience analyzing, interpreting, and counseling members of New York's arts community on legal issues pertaining to various areas of law, including intellectual property, contract, and non-profit and for-profit corporate matters.
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