Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Law and the Visual Arts (LAW-896-001)
Molly Stech

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (M)

Enrolled: 24 / Limit: 29

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Legal and policy implications at the intersection of art and the law, including intellectual property, contract, and First Amendment law issues. A student who completes this course will have knowledge of the legal relationships between and among artists, dealers, auction houses, collectors, and museums as well as an understanding of the protection of cultural property. Prior course work in intellectual property law is recommended but not essential.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required: Mastering Art Law, Second Edition 2nd Edition, Herbert Lazerow

Optional: Law, Ethics, & the Visual Arts, John Henry Merryman, Albert Edward Elsen, and Stephen K. Urice, Kluwer Law International, 2007 (“LEVA”)

Optional: Research Handbook on Art and Law, Edited by Jani McCutcheon and Fiona McGaughey, 2020 (Edward Elgar)

Optional: Art and Copyright, Simon Stokes, 2021 (Hart Publishing)

Additional Course Materials will be posted on Portal as the semester progresses.

First Class Readings

CLASSES 1 and 2:

Mastering Art Law (“MAL”) 65-103

Copyright Basics, U.S. Copyright Office Circular #1, https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Cariou v. Prince, 714 F.3d 694 (2d. Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 134 S.Ct 618 (2013), https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=5845890683658306826&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr

Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp., 36 F. Supp. 2d 191 (SDNY 1999), https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=5068002142390131270&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr

Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Company, 188 U.S. 239 (1903), https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=3277054592305773876&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr

Burow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/111/53


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