Spring Time! It's that time of the year, again! The trees are blooming and the spring semester is through. We loath to say "Good Bye" to our wonderful team of interns -- Bianca Acquaviva, Samantha Elie
and Jessica Preis. From the Knoedler Trial coverage through the You've Been Served film series, this team has been phenomenal. Thank you very much for your great work and insights!
Created in November 2015, the UK Parliamentary Group for the Protection of Cultural Heritage
exists to " raise awareness of the devastating impact that the destruction of cultural heritage... and to increase effectiveness of the UK's contribution to the international efforts to address cultural heritage". On April 18, 2016, the Group gathered to discuss
options available to policing of cultural heritage crime and enforcement of laws designed to curb the crimes. On April 19, 2016, the US Congressional Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing
held a hearing about illicit antiquities trade and the various ways available to counter the plunder of artifacts by ISIS.
Leopold Museum to Restitute Nazi-Looted Artworks:
was reached between the Vienna museum and the Jewish community of Vienna to return two works by Egon Schiele to the heiress of its owner and keep three others. The agreement ends a twenty-year dispute over the artworks.
Stolen Dutch Master Paintings Recovered in Ukraine:
Ukrainian authorities say they have recovered four of the 24 paintings stolen from the Westfries Museum
in Hoorn in 2005. According to Ukraine's foreign minister, the works were "in the possession of criminal groups." The media claims that two men, who found the entire missing haul and were demanding millions of euros for its return, presented one of the paintings to the Dutch embassy in Kiev in December.
California Resale Royalty Act Claims Dismissed:
The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has ruled the entire California's Resale Royalist Act
as invalid and preempted by copyright law. The District Court decision relies on last year's Ninth Circuit ruling which overruled a 1980 Ninth Circuit case that expressly rejected the idea that the law was preempted. The April 12, 2016 decision will surely be appealed and proponents of national legislation will push further for a federal solution.
Holocaust Expropriated Art Act Introduced in Senate:
Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. introduced a bill
in the Senate that would extend the statute of limitations for Nazi-looted art, making it six years from the date that the art in question is identified and located, and from when the claimant has shown evidence of possession of the art.
France and Netherlands Complete 160 Million Euro Rembrandt Purchase:
France and the Netherlands signed a joint agreement
in Paris for the purchase of two Rembrandt portraits. The works will be shown at the Louvre "in the coming weeks" before being sent to the Netherlands for restoration. After restoration, the works will shared between the Louvre museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Panama Papers Show Who Controls Disputed Modigliani :
The Panama Papers appear to show that the Nahmads in fact control
Modigliani’s Seated Man with a Cane,
which has been the subject of a restitution dispute.
To help you plan your art law calendar, check out the full listing of and upcoming events
on our radar.
Apr. 28, 2016 - Consignment Agreements & the Artist/Gallery Relationship (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York, NY) 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
This free class, run by VLA Law School Student Interns and supervised by VLA staff, is part of VLAs popular Legal & Business Issues in Art Series. It will provide a basic overview of the contractual relationship between artists and galleries, with a focus on the What, When and Why of consignment agreements.
*Apr. 21, 2016 -Deloitte 9th Annual Art & Finance Conference 2016 (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) 8:30 PM - 6:15PM
The conference will focus on how to add value to any fine art collection. Topics discussed will include how to make a collection more visible, how to protect its integrity, how to maintain a collection through generations, and why and how to turn a collection into a working asset.
*April 29, 2016 - Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Your Independent Film (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, New York) 9:30 AM-5 PM
Seminar for for new attorneys, attorneys transitioning to entertainment law, and filmmakers will explore how independent films are financed and distributed.
*May 4, 2016 - Recovering Nazi Looted Art: The Last Prisoners of the Shoah (Touro College, Flushing, Queens) 7:30 PM
In observation of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Touro College will host a lecture on recovering stolen Jewish art by attorney Mel Urbach. The lecture will take place at the Lander College for Men, located at 75-31 150th Street in Flushing, on May 4th beginning at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
*May 5-6, 2016 - MediateArt™ (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, New York) 10 AM-6 PM
MediateArt™ is VLA’s alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and negotiation counseling department. A vital program of VLA’s since 1998, MediateArt offers members of the arts community an alternative, non-litigious way in which to resolve their disputes.
VLA is offering a two-day intensive workshop of basic mediation training for attorneys, artists, arts administrators, and other professionals with an interest or background in the arts or intellectual property. The workshop will cover basic mediation (with a focus on “deal mediation”), negotiation, facilitative leadership skills, and resolution of disputes without resorting to litigation. Participants will learn effective mediation skills, will practice in simulations in small groups, and will receive feedback from the program faculty.
*May 12, 2016 - What's New in Copyright? (Herrick, Feinstein LLP, New York, NY) 6PM
Current developments in copyright law may have a big impact on your art. Join VLA and its panel of three copyright specialists to learn the latest hot topics! Through this panel you will discover the latest news and information about copyright and what we can expect in the near future.
NOTE: These * events are appearing in the Newsletter for the first time.