Monday, July 27, 2015


It is with great excitment that Fordham Art Law Society announces that we will be moving our blog to a new domain! On August 24, 2015, this blog will be deleted, and you will be able to find us at! We hope you will move with us and join us for one of our events this fall! Don't worry-- all of the old content has migrated over to the new platform, so you can still search our older stuff!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

ART LAW SOCIETY IS BACK!!! Get excited for a fantastic year of art law... with some amazing groups coming to Fordham, surprises, events, articles... Please follow us on our new Facebook page!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stay Tuned . . .

Art Law Lovers:  Stay tuned while the Fordham Art Law Society blog is on hiatus!  If you'd like to get in touch, please find us at:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

When Pigskin and Paint Collide in the Courts

The Hollywood Reporter's entertainment law blog "ESQ." fills us in: the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday protected the National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens from an artist who had once convinced a judge that the team had infringed upon his design to create the Ravens' old logo.

Friday, December 13, 2013

All is Fair in Love and Art?

An odd love triangle among three glamours legends: Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett, and Andy Warhol.  The issue: who owns a $12 million pop art portrait when the relationship is on-and-off, and the University of Texas claims it was gifted to them in a trust?  O'Neal and the school are duking it out in a jury trial where a rotating cast of appraisers, nurses, ex-lovers and academicians are testifying.  Who needs Hollywood when we've got drama like this in the court?!  Get your art law gossip fix here.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Looters Ahead

Otto Dix painting, sourced from WikiMedia

The trove of Nazi-era art of previously unregistered works by Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Max Liberman and Henri Matisse found in an apartment last March has presented some interesting legal questions.  There are a few layers of shady, potentially criminal, activity at work here, the initial Nazi-looting and then the dealings of the art dealer whose son's apartment held the work.  Authorities and journalists have questioned the methods by which Hildebrand Gurlitt, a German art dealer, acquired the paintings throughout the 1930-40s.  Interesting twists are ahead as authorities attempt to determine who are the rightful owners of the works.

Banksy's month long residency is over but the shenanigans and ensuing media coverage continues.  This time, three men were arrested after removing the "Banksy!" balloons from a building in LIC.  The piece was impounded and will stay in police custody until someone claims the balloon, legally.  Check out this article in which a bunch of art dealers and "Banksy specialists" try to convince the building owner to give it to them to sell.  The quotes from a deputy officer are particularly entertaining, at one point saying, "[w]e don't have it as art...[w]e have it as balloons."  I guess that puts an end to the ongoing dispute over whether Banksy has any artistic merit.  Not.

In 2010, Key West City Commission passed an ordinance requiring 1% of new and re-developments over $500,000 and $100,000, respectively, be put towards a fund for public art projects.  Passage of the ordinance coincided with the stagnation of the building market so very few funds were raised but things are looking up as there are a few substantial projects in the city's pipeline.  The Commission has tweaked the ordinance so that developers are now able to choose the artist their contributions will fun. While part of me thinks this change defeats the purpose of the ordinance, my better half believes its a positive step in the right direction.

A Qatari poet was jailed for two years in solitary confinement for reciting a poem in support of the Arab uprisings on YouTube.  The poet was found guilty of "incitement to overthrow the Emir" last month and sentenced to life in prison.  Due to "irregularities" in the trail, the Criminal Court in Doha reduced his sentence to 15 years.  Upon the government's attempt to reinstate the life sentence, the Court upheld the 15 year sentence.  For shame.