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Media Advisory
November 10, 2005
Contact: Matt Kovary
(212) 382-6713


Intellectual property law and the visual arts.

House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street.

Thursday, November 10, 2005; 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.
6:00 p.m. -- Introduction and Presentations
7:20 p.m. -- Break
7:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m. -- Questions from the Audience

On November 10, the Association’s Art Law Committee will present “Transforming Art: Fair Use Issues,” an informative and provocative public program for audiences interested in visual art or intellectual property law.

Artists historically have drawn imagery and subject matter from each other and the world at large, and they continue to do so. Contemporary art incorporates references to other art and media images, as well as to commercial logos, symbols and products. Reproductions of art today also are widely published and used in advertising and on merchandise.

But in recent years, and particularly as our culture has gone digital, conflicts have escalated between owners and users of copyrighted images and trademarks. How well does the legal doctrine of fair use serve the varied interests at stake? When is the act of copying legitimate and even creative, and when is it legally regarded as piracy? Following presentations on contemporary visual art practices and the relevant law, a distinguished panel will discuss the current state of affairs and proposals for change.

LAWRENCE LESSIG, Stanford Law School; CEO and Chair, Creative Commons; Author, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (2004)

WILLIAM F. PATRY, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP; Author, The Fair Use Privilege in Copyright Law (1995)

DAVID A. ROSS, President, Artist Pension Trust; formerly Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art

ROBERTA SMITH, Art Critic, The New York Times

JOEL WACHS, President, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

ROBERT W. CLARIDA, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P. C.

ROY S. KAUFMAN, Legal Director, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

VIRGINIA RUTLEDGE, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP

SCOTT SHAGIN, Law Offices of Scott Shagin

PAUL A. WINICK, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP

JOHN R. CAHILL, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP.

There is no admission fee for this program, but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by e-mailing by November 4.

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