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Media Advisory
April 18, 2008

 

  

Contact:
Oroma Mpi, 212-382-6713

 

The New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Art Law
presents

Who Owns this Image?
Art, Access, and the Public Domain after Bridgeman V. Corel

When:             Tuesday, April 29, 2008; Cocktail Reception 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.;
                         Public Panel Discussion 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where:            New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street
                         (between 5th & 6th Ave.), 2nd Floor

In Bridgeman Art Library Ltd. v. Corel Corp. (S.D.N.Y. 1999), a case concerning ownership of the Mona Lisa, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled that exact photo­graphic copies of two-dimensional public domain works of art are not copyrightable under U.S. law, because such images are not original. Yet nearly a decade after that decision, copyright in many such images continues to be asserted.

This program addresses questions currently debated across the worlds of art, publishing, and the law: Should access to public domain artworks control uses of images of those works? When and how should custodians of public domain art­works exercise control over reproductions of them? How does contract intersect with copyright in the control of image uses? Does the image permissions hurdle play a role in the decline of art publishing, or are the complaints of critics overwrought? What is the nature of the public domain with respect to works of art?

Immediately before the program, the City Bar’s Art Law Committee will host a cocktail reception in honor of the distinguished panelists. There will be a number of VIP guests from the law, art and media worlds. Members of the press are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Oroma Mpi, Press Officer, NYC Bar Association, at ompi@nycbar.org or (212) 382-6713 by April 28th.

Moderator:
VIRGINIA RUTLEDGE
Chair, Art Law Committee, New York City Bar Association; Vice President and General Counsel, Creative Commons

Panelists:

DR. THEODORE FEDER
President, Art Resource, Artists Rights Society

CHRISTOPHER LYON
Executive Editor, Prestel Publishing

WILLIAM PATRY
Senior Copyright Counsel, Google

HON. RICHARD A. POSNER
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

MAUREEN WHALEN
Associate General Counsel, J. Paul Getty Trust
 
Co-sponsored by:
The College Art Association, ARTstor, and Creative Commons

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association (www.nycbar.org) was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.

 

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