Art Law Report

No Excuses left—SPK Restitutes Han Baldung Grien to Persecuted Artist's Heirs for Reasons that Germany Denies to Jewish Victims

Responsible Art Market Initiative Event in Geneva January 31, 2020—An Art Market in Evolution

In the Great Green Room, There was…a Shocking Theft—Historic Robbery in Dresden at State Art Collections

France Rejects Poland’s Bad Faith Efforts to Extradite Art Dealer Alexander Khochinsky

Heirs of Holocaust Victim Fritz Grünbaum Win Restitution of Nazi-Looted Schiele Drawings

Guelph Treasure Claims to Go Forward

Radio Interview Examines Recent Nazi-Looted Art Court Decisions

Knoedler Gallery Owners May be Liable for Forgery Scandal, Jury Will Decide

Thyssen-Bornemisza Prevails Over Cassirer Heirs' Claim to Pissarro Taken by Nazis Despite Acts “Inconsistent with the Washington Principles”

Building a Responsible Art Market in New York May 23, 2019

The Responsible Art Market Initiative is Coming to New York on May 23, 2019

Germany and its Federal States Announce Collective Declaration with Respect to Colonial Artifacts and Human Remains

Poland Renews Efforts to Extradite Art Dealer Alexander Khochinsky, Whose 2018 Lawsuit Seeks Damages for Poland’s Previous Retaliation for his WW II Restitution Claims

Event: A Responsible Art Market in Practice, February 1, 2019 in Geneva

Planned gifts can lead to hard feelings without careful planning and managed expectations

Event—Global Auction House Summit in London, February 4-6, 2019

Zum Geburtstag Viel Glück? The Washington Principles Turn 20

RESCHEDULED Event: "Looted Art for Sale" at Brandeis University November 6, 2018

Deletion of Grünbaum Works from Lost Art Database Shows Again How German Government Has Lost Its Way on Nazi-Looted Art

Berkshire Museum Tries to End-Run Pending Appeal but Member Plaintiffs Decline to be Bullied

Norton Simon Museum Wins Appeal Over Nazi-Looted Cranach Paintings

Event—The Future of Nazi-Looted Art Recovery in the US and Abroad

Court of Appeals Upholds Claims to Renowned Guelph Treasure Sold Under Duress to Nazi Agents

Au Revoir, Droit de Suite—9th Circuit Narrows California Resale Royalty Act to a Single Year’s Sales

Alexander Khochinsky Files Suit Against Poland for Retaliation Related to WW II Property Claims

Sullivan & Worcester LLP Assists in Relocation of "Digital DNA" from Palo Alto to Harvard

A Step Back from the Brink—Agnes Martin Authentication Board Prevails in Court

Bill Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives Would Impose Money Laundering Reporting Requirements on Art Dealers

New Court of Arbitration for Art to Launch in June, Offers Exciting Opportunity for the Art Market

Event—Deaccessioning: Art, Morals, and the Law

What About Margarethe Mauthner? Van Gogh Once Owned by Elizabeth Taylor Heads to Auction Again with Scant Mention of its Persecuted Former Owner

A Signpost for Artists’ Rights or the Beginning of the End? 5Pointz Damages Award May be A Fork in the Road

Event: "Looted Art for Sale" at Brandeis University March 21, 2018

Members of the Berkshire Museum Ask Supreme Judicial Court to Stop Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Plan

Members of the Berkshire Museum Pledge to Continue Fight Against Liquidation of the Museum’s Art Collection

"A Tragic Fate" Lecture at DePaul Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law February 26, 2018

Artist Adriana Varella Demands that the City of Palo Alto Halt its Plans to Remove Her Renowned Work "Digital DNA"

Members of the Berkshire Museum File Appeal Papers to Stop Museum's Planned Sale of 40 Works from its Collection

“Building an Art Market 2.0”—Responsible Art Market Initiative Event February 2, 2018 in Geneva

"A Tragic Fate" named to Kirkus Reviews 100 Best of 2017

Injunction Against Berkshire Museum Sale Is Extended

Key Tax Deferral Tool for Art Sales on the Chopping Block in U.S. Legislation Proposals

Something’s Rotten in Düsseldorf—Max Stern Exhibition Cancelled in Response to Restitution Claim

Event—Wealth Management Strategies for Art Collectors

Members of the Berkshire Museum Appeal Ruling on Planned Sale of Critical Pieces of its Collection

Appeals Court Stays Sale of Berkshire Museum Paintings

Massachusetts AG Asks Appeals Court to Halt Monday's Berkshire Museum Sale

Members of Berkshire Museum File Suit Seeking Injunction Against Sale of Art Collection

Germany Identifies Painting from Gurlitt Collection as Nazi-Looted, Progress and Credibility Still Uncertain

Event at DePaul—Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: A New Paradigm.

New York Event—“Off the Wall: Legal Issues Involving Street Art”

When Will We Get There?  The World Gathers in London to Consider the State of Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art.

Rich Man/Poor Man?  The Berkshire Museum and Why Deaccessioning is so Frustrating

“Nazi-Looted Art: From Fair and Just Solutions to Litigation” in London September 13, 2017

Herzog Heirs Win Again in Appeals Court on Jurisdiction Over Hungarian Museums

Review: “Managing Relationships in the Art Market” by Annelien Bruins

Event: "Master Thieves" Author Stephen Kurkjian at the Massachusetts Historical Society July 6

Praise from Kirkus Reviews for "A Tragic Fate"

New Book by Nicholas M. O'Donnell: "A Tragic Fate--Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi Looted Art"

Pissarro from Cornelius Gurlitt’s Salzburg Home Returned to Heirs

This Painting is My Speech, This Painting is Your Speech—Government Scores a Win in Capitol Painting Controversy

Event in Canterbury (UK)—"Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit Trafficking, Armed Conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy"

Next week in Vienna: “Accepting and Holding Objects ‘in Trust’—an International and Interdisciplinary Perspective”

McDonald's Beats Graffiti Copyright Claims in California, But Faces New Threat over New York Street Art

“Charging Bull” Sculptor Articulates VARA Complaint, But “Fearless Girl” Still Standing Firm

Nazi-Looting and Forced Sales Support Jurisdiction—Guelph Treasure Ruling Analysis

U.S. District Court Issues First of Its Kind Ruling Against Germany Over Renowned Guelph Treasure

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture Near Wall Street Prompts Copyright Allegation That is More Bull than Bear

Art Advisors and Duty of Loyalty in Focus Again Over Sale of Basquiat

Battle Over Controversial Student Art in U.S. Capitol Lands in Court—First Amendment in Focus Again

Sea Change in Nazi-looted Art Claims? The HEAR Act is Put Into Action

New Publication: Éthique et patrimoine culturel—Regard croisés

Recap and Analysis: Responsible Art Market Initiative Launched in Geneva

Conference in Cambridge—“From Refugees to Restitution: The History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational Perspective”

Fake News, Fake Art?  Richard Prince Disavows Work Depicting Ivanka Trump

Geneva Event: Building an Art Market for the Future—Guidelines for Countering Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Threats

Jurisdictional Law Hailed as Impetus to End Russian Art Loan Embargo that is Actually Unaffected by that Law

Gurlitt Bequest to Kunstmuseum Bern is Upheld

Art Advisors are Not Always Fiduciaries—Lawsuit over Cady Noland "Log Cabin" Dismissed

Looted Art Legislation—HEAR Act and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Set to Become Law

Heirs of Nazi-Persecuted Art Dealer Alfred Flechtheim Sue Bavarian Museums

Is Coopting Graffiti Artist's Street Cred a Fair Use?

Exhibition Interference Shows That Public Institutions Still Struggle with First Amendment

Changes to Limbach Commission Announced, Real Change Now Seems Out of Reach

Important Changes to HEAR Act Preserve New York’s Demand and Refusal Rule (For Now)

Event: Art Crime Symposium November 1-3, 2016 in New York

New Authentication Lawsuit Filed Against Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné

"Risks in the Attribution of Works of Art": November 8, 2016 in Geneva

Event: DePaul Moot Court Competition in Cultural Property in February

Restitution Claims Resolved in New York and Cologne, New Case Filed Against Germany

Restitution Legislation: HEAR Act and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Move Forward

Making Sense of the Peter Doig Trial and the Authentication Fallout

Norton Simon Museum Prevails Against Von Saher Claim to Cranachs Looted by the Nazis

More of the Same—Latest Limbach Commission “Reform” is Anything But

Methinks Thou Doth Protest too Much—Bavaria Scrambles Defensively After Revelation of Looted Art Sales to Nazi Families

Another Bombshell in Munich—Bavarian Government Sold Looted Art to Nazi Families

Opportunity Lost: Germany Enacts Revised Cultural Property Export Restrictions

If it Ain’t Broke?…Ninth Circuit Announces Curious Test of “Applied Art” Under VARA

HEAR Act: Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Nazi-Looted Art Statute of Limitations Bill

Event—Second All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference in Geneva, June 24-25, 2016

Is Graffiti Ineligible for Copyright Protection Just Because the Act of Tagging is Illegal?

Guelph Treasure Heirs Explain Why Case Belongs in U.S. Court

FBI Returns to House Where it Did Not Find Gardner Museum Art Before, Does Not Find Gardner Museum Art There

Potemkin Village Deferred—Planned Exhibition of Gurlitt Trove is Postponed

Events—Authentication in Art Congress May 11-13, 2016 in The Hague

California Resale Royalty Act Claims Dismissed as Preempted by Copyright Law, Despite 1980 Ninth Circuit Holding to the Contrary

HEAR Act Introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to Create Federal Standard for Holocaust Art Claims

Don’t Shoot the Messenger—Student Art Removed, First Amendment Notwithstanding

Event—The Perspective of the Art Market in Italy

Herzog Heirs’ Claims Against Hungary Survive Dismissal Under FSIA

Event—“Intersections in Cultural Heritage Law” at Georgetown University Law Center March 29-30, 2016

“Mattress Performance” Title IX Lawsuit Against Columbia Is Dismissed

Germany Relents on Nazi-Looted Art Advisory Commission Jewish Membership

Germany Keeps Digging—Explanation for Excluding Jewish Member from Nazi-looted Art Advisory Commission is Worse than Before

Live from the Oscars! German Cultural Ministry Disparages Possible Inclusion of Jewish Member on Advisory Commission

Events: Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation Conference on Friday, March 25, 2016

Time to Go—Flechtheim Heirs Withdraw from Limbach Commission That Has Outlived its Usefulness

Not Just Germany—UK Imposes Export Ban on (Swiss!) Giacometti Sculpture

Léone Meyer and University of Oklahoma Settle Nazi-looted Pissarro Dispute

Flechtheim Heirs Suspend Limbach Commission Proceedings Over Juan Gris Painting in Düsseldorf

"Rime" Graffiti Case Against Moschino Survives Dismissal

Buyer Beware (Again)—Art Dealer Charged with Selling Forged Paintings

Katherine Craig Files VARA Claim over Illuminated Mural—“Recognized Stature” and Terms of Agreement Will be Critical

Court Enters Final Dismissal of “Monkey Selfie” Case

Gerhard Richter and German Cultural Heritage Protection Law—Brooklyn Law School February 3, 2016

“Final Report” of Gurlitt Task Force Presented to German Government—Process Continues to Raise More Questions Than Answers

Art Finance & Law : Risks, Rules, and Opportunities in Investments in Art, February 12, 2016 in Paris

Supreme Court Declines Review of California Resale Royalty Case

Naruto, We Hardly Knew Ye—Judge Calls Monkeyshines on "Monkey Selfie" Case

Here We Go Again?  Richard Prince Sued By Photographer Over Images of Rastafarian in Instagram Show

Court-Solicited Opinion Reportedly Concludes That Gurlitt Was Competent To Make Will

No Buried Nazi Gold Train After All?

Gurlitt Task Force Issues Fifth Recommendation for Restitution

PETA and Opponents Sling Arguments In “Monkey Selfie” Copyright Case

Recap of “Rethinking Art Authentication” at the New York City Bar

UPDATED­—Rethinking Art Authentication—December 2, 2015 at the NY City Bar Association

Widespread Criticism Continues from Historians Over Germany’s and SPK’s Revisionism Concerning Holocaust and Forced Sales of Art

Rethinking Art Authentication—December 2, 2015 at the New York City Bar Association

Leonard Peltier and Public Displays of Art—The Government Taking Sides on Whose Paintings are Shown Stirs Up First Amendment Problems

Despite Universal Criticism, German Cabinet Approves Stricter Cultural Heritage Law

New VARA Ruling Muddies Analysis on Moral Rights and Significance of “Site Specific” Art

Holocaust Revisionism in German Motion to Dismiss Guelph Claim Elicits Condemnation

Graffiti on the Runway: Street Artist Rime Pursues Lawsuit Against Moschino for Damaging His Street Cred

Bruegel Painting In Vienna Spurs Argument Over Allegations of Nazi Looting in Poland

The New Domestic “Freeports”: Sales and Use Tax Opportunities and Risks

Google Books, Fair Use, and Visual Art—Second Circuit Writes Decision That Would Have Helped Two Years Ago

Gurlitt Collection May be Displayed Next Year, Real Progress Still Elusive as Focus Remains on Public Relations

Art and the Digital Age, Wednesday 10/14 at the Boston Bar Association

In Vino Veritas—Second Circuit Upholds Damages in Counterfeit Wine Koch Brother Case With Implications for Art Sales

Stephan Templ, Chronicler of Nazi Looting in Vienna, Set to Begin Jail Term Over Supposed Omission in His Mother’s Holocaust Restitution Claim

Symposium: "Ethics and Cultural Patrimony - Viewpoints," in Paris October 20-21, 2015

Irony is Dead: PETA Sues for Copyright Infringement on Behalf of the Animal in the “Monkey Selfie”

Anish Kapoor in Versailles: Requiring Removal of Graffiti Turns Into Compelled Speech

Backwards, Not Forwards: German Cultural Ministry Submits Revised Cultural Heritage Protection Law

Restitution of Constable Painting at the Tate Moves Ahead Again

Appraisers Association of America Art Law Day at NYU, November 6, 2015

$43.7 Million Interim Judgment Entered Against Russia for Refusal to Restitute Chabad Library

Seventh Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago

Disputed Baushaus Artist Kurt Waldmann and Concerns of Another Forgery Enterprise in Germany

What to Make of Nazi “Gold Train” Supposedly Buried in Poland

“Between Fairness and Justice for Successors and Possessors”—an Upcoming Conference at the Oskar Reinhart Museum in Winterthur

Anish Kapoor Sculpture Dispute Tests the Legal Utility of Terms Like Plagiarism and Appropriation

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Restitutes Wertinger Painting to Rosenbaum and Rosenberg Heirs, Citing Importance of Blocked Accounts That Also Support Guelph Treasure Claim

"Free Brady" T Shirt Battle and Copyright: Who was First?

Free Brady!—Did Governor Baker’s T-Shirt Have a Copyright Problem?

Man Claims to Know Identity of Gardner Museum Visitor Seen in Surveillance Video

FBI Releases Gardner Video, Suggests Dry Run Like Another That May Have Preceded 1990 Heist

No Extradition to Poland for Dealer Accused of Trying to Sell Nazi-Looted Art

ABA Journal Opens Voting on “Blog 100”—Here Are My Votes

Did Philadelphia Inadvertently Step on First Amendment and VARA in Painting Over Cosby Mural?

Focus of Gardner Investigation Accuses FBI of Entrapment

Senate Appropriations Committee Bill Would Give Strong Backing To State Department on Holocaust-Era Assets

Germany Walks Back On Proposed Cultural Property Law

Boston Globe Publishes Article on Welfenschatz Case

Munich Court Requests Psychological Opinion Concerning Gurlitt’s Competence to Make Will

European Cultural Protection Laws and Export Licenses—the Atlantic Gulf Widens

U.S. Museums and Looted Art—Is it Whether you Win or How you Play?

Museum Denied Exhibition Loan of Byzantine Ivory from British Museum That Should Have Been Permitted

Shepard Fairey Wanted on Vandalism Charge for Street Art in Detroit—Will This be the VARA Test Case?

Always Read Closely: New York Senate Passes Authentication Bill, But Enhanced Burden of Proof Stripped from Earlier Proposal and Fee-Shifting Is Diluted

5Pointz Property Owner Sued Again Over Whitewashing of Graffiti—Measure of Damages Bears Watching

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act and the Immunity from Seizure Act—Status Quo Is Often Misunderstood

Cassirer and the State of Restitution—Takeaways and Next Steps

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Returns

District Court Dismisses Cassirer Claim for Pissarro against Thyssen Bornemisza Collection by Applying Spanish Law of Adverse Possession

Richard Prince, Social Media and the Public Domain: Reports of Copyright’s Demise are Premature

Fair Use Fool me Twice, Shame on Me—Richard Prince Goes Trolling on Instagram But May Have a More Pedestrian Problem

REMINDER: Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art at NYU June 4-6

“Copyrights on the Street” at Copyright Society Annual Meeting June 9, 2015

First Painting Restituted from Gurlitt Trove to be Sold; Appellate Court in Munich Breathes New Life Into Will Contest

Order Restored—Copyright Claim to Individual Performance in “Innocence of Muslims” Fails

...or maybe not. Detroit Institute of Arts Backs Off Van Gogh Deaccessioning

Two Works Found With Gurlitt Cleared for Immediate Restitution, Hundreds More Still in Limbo

Oklahoma Legislators Propose Resolution on Disputed Pissarro

Detroit and Deaccessioning—the Museum Responds

California Resale Royalty Act Ruled Unconstitutional as to Out of State Sales, What Effect on the Market?

“The Mattress Performance” Spawns Lawsuit That Raises Some Eyebrows About Pleading Style

Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium at NYU June 4-6, 2015

UPDATE: Left Shark Not Free to Roam the Oceans of Intellectual Property Just Yet

Gurlitt Cousin Appeals Dismissal of Will Contest

Like-Kind Exchanges—Art and Collectibles’ Tax Deferral in the Crosshairs

Left Shark Podcast with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Go Forth, Left Shark, and Prosper? USPTO Trims Katy Perry’s Request to Trademark Super Bowl Meme

Third Time a Charm? New Resale Royalty Bill Filed in Congress

Sorting Through this Week’s Gardner Heist Developments: Old News is No News

Postwar Export Permit Apparently At the Center of Shift in Tate Restitution Dispute

Deaccessioning in Detroit?

The Woman in Gold: Why the Altmann Case Matters

Léone Meyer’s Claims for Pissarro Transferred to Oklahoma

Gurlitt Task Force Issues Fourth Restitution Recommendation in 14 Months

Von Saher Claims for Cranach Paintings Survive Another Motion to Dismiss

Professional Artist Series at Danforth Art

Tate Backtracks on Restitution of Constable Painting

Gurlitt Bequest to Kunstmuseum Bern is Upheld, Little Else Resolved

Fox News Seeks to Take Fair Use Questions Over 9/11 Photo to the Second Circuit

Annual Gardner Heist Coverage Is More Constructive This Year

Claim for Pissarro Painting Could be Heading to Oklahoma

Authentication Lawsuit Against Keith Haring Foundation is Dismissed

Austrian Committee Recommends Against Restitution of Klimt Beethoven Frieze

Guelph Treasure Claims—Coverage and Analysis

Immunity from Seizure in Focus—Loans from Cuba for Exhibitions on Hold

Development May be Coming Soon In Klimt Beethoven Frieze Case

Civil Action Filed Against Germany for Restitution of Guelph Treasure

Sullivan & Worcester LLP Press Release Concerning Claims For Guelph Treasure

Detroit Bankruptcy Debrief—Judge Rhodes Speaks on the Grand Bargain and the Detroit Institute of Arts

Kunstmuseum Bern and Germany Now Blaming Claimants for Delay in Gurlitt Restitution

Gurlitt and the State of Restitution: Triumphalist Moment Looking More Like Premature "Mission Accomplished"

Kunstmuseum Bern Blames Gurlitt Restitution Delay on Will Contest, Claimants Are Having None of it

Who Owns Left Shark? Super Bowl Halftime Show Spills Over into IP Debate and General Absurdity

Dismissal of Claims is Affirmed in Admissions Policy Lawsuit Against The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gurlitt Will Contest Won’t be Resolved Anytime Soon, Will Likely Delay Restitution

Finance, Art and Law—How Does Fine Art Shape Up as an Asset?

New Graffiti Copyright Lawsuit Continues Growing Trend

Pure Love of Art versus Mere Investment in London March 26-27, 2015

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Norton Simon Intermediate Appeal, Von Saher Claim Returns to Trial Court

Books of Note: Visual Arts and the Law by Judith Prowda

Sponsor Plans to Reintroduce Resale Royalty Rights, Old Contract Idea Resurfaces as Alternate Solution

Reminder: “Art Finance and Law” in Geneva Monday January 26, 2015

First Ripples in Greece from Parthenon Marble Loan to Russia

New Lawsuit Over Norman Rockwell Authenticity Spotlights Timely Issues

With New Congress, Resale Royalties Bill and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act Are Dead (Again)

10, 9, 8…the Biggest Art Law Report Stories of 2014 and a Look Ahead

Upcoming Event in Maastricht—Assembling Value: The changing roles of experts and expertise in art and heritage worlds

Changes in U.S. Law Regarding Cuba Will Affect the Arts

The Art Law Report Named to Above the Law’s 12 Awesome Law Blogs of 2014

Art Finance and Investment, London Recap and January 26, 2015 Geneva Preview

Gallery 49® Continues to Break Ground with Natvar Bhavsar: RANG RASA (Transcendent Color)

Parthenon Sculpture Loan to Russia: Legal and Diplomatic Fallout Could be Far-Reaching

Caveat Emptor: Dismissal is Affirmed of Perelman Lawsuit Against Gagosian Over Potential Resale of Koons Work

Austria Restitution Advisory Commission Defers Klimt Beethoven Frieze Decision, No Reasons Given

Graffiti Litigation Update: Settlements and Procedural Wrangling

Gurlitt Collection Information Finally On View, Provenance Details Still Needed

The Kunstmuseum Bern’s Agreement to Accept Gurlitt Inheritance—Analysis and Lingering Issues

Kunstmuseum Bern Accepts Appointment as Cornelius Gurlitt's Heir, Agreement with Germany

Gurlitt Relatives Formally Challenge Will that Named Kunstmuseum Bern as Heir

Gurlitt and Kunstmuseum Bern Press Conference in Berlin Monday November 24, 2014

Expert Opinion Casts Doubt on Gurlitt’s Testamentary Capacity to Make the Will that Names the Kunstmuseum Bern as Heir

If the Kunstmuseum Bern Says No: Gurlitt Heirs Discuss Plans if They Inherit Schwabing Trove

Full Ninth Circuit To Rehear “Innocence of Muslims” Copyright Appeal, Could Right Earlier Panel's Error

Art Finance And Law Conference Series in London and Geneva

Reports that Gurlitt Task Force May Not Meet Deadline—What Happens Then?

BREAKING-Detroit Plan of Adjustment Approved, Judge Praises Decison Not to Sell DIA Collection

Sullivan & Worcester LLP Obtains Complete Dismissal of $204 Million Claim Against Artmentum GmbH

One Year After Gurlitt Revelation, No One is Pleased

Full Ninth Circuit to Review California Resale Royalty Act En Banc

Museums in Bamberg and Karlsruhe Recognize a Sale Under Duress For What it Was, Seek to Do Right Thing

REMINDER—Art Law Day Next Friday, November 7, 2014

Toren Amends Complaint Against Bavaria Over Liebermann Seized from Gurlitt, Spotlights Task Force Recommendation of Restitution in Support of Bailment Theory

"Saving Africa’s Elephants Changing the Art Scene" last Tuesday with VLA New York

Conflicting Reports About Possible Acceptance of Gurlitt Bequest by Kunstmuseum Bern

Bavaria and Germany Move to Dismiss Gurlitt Litigation, But Raise Questions About Why They Are Resisting a Lawsuit Over Painting that Task Force Recommended They Restitute to David Toren

Germany Announces "Center for Cultural Property Losses": Real Progress or Window Dressing?

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, American Royalties, Too Act Sponsor, Added to Speakers at Appraisers Association of America Art Law Day on November 7, 2014 at NYU

Vienna Natural History Museum Restitutes Botanical Drawings to Nazi Victims' Heirs, Acknowledges the Too-Often-Ignored Reality of Persecution and Coerced Sales

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr Testifies About Impact of Selling Detroit Institute Art Collection

Graffiti, Vandalism, and Public Expression: Public Art and its Uneasy Relationship with the Law

Appellate Ruling Bolsters Role of Fractional Interests in Estate Planning

Argentina, Bond Payment Default, Contempt, and Art Restitution Claims: An Unlikely But Important Mix

New Sullivan & Worcester LLP Advisory on Fine Arts Consignment

Remaining Creditor Sharpens Knives Over Detroit Institute of Arts Collection Value

Less Fun Than a Barrel Full of Monkeys (As a Matter of Law): The U.S. Copyright Office and the “Monkey Selfie”

Have Some Foie Gras with Your Ethanol: Auction Houses Urge Ninth Circuit Not to Rehear California Resale Royalties Act Argument

Books of Note: "The Art Collecting Legal Handbook" Reviewed

Bad Sequel? Second Claim is Filed Asserting Another Actor’s Copyright in “Innocence of Muslims”

“Saving Africa’s Elephants, Changing the Art Scene” on October 14, 2014

Fair Use and Transformativeness Pushback: Seventh Circuit Takes a Swipe at “Lazy Appropriators”

Syncora Reaches Deal with Detroit and Apologizes to Mediators, Grand Bargain to Protect Detroit Institute of Arts Likely Secure

The Art Law Report Turns Three: the Training Wheels are Off

Just Kidding? Celebrity Hacked Photograph Exhibition Scuttled

Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Detailed Report Published on Worldwide Efforts to Restitute Nazi-Looted Art Since the 1998 Washington Conference

Registration Open for 2015 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition at DePaul Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law

Massachusetts High Court Clarifies: Written Agreement Not Required to Create Consignment of Fine Art and its Resulting Trust Duties

Can Copyright Aid Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Other Victims of Celebrity Photo Hack?

Kunstmuseum Bern Still Undecided About Gurlitt Inheritance as Regional Politics Loom

All Sides Show Their Cards on Detroit Institute of Arts Collection as Bankruptcy Trial Begins

Are “Flight Goods” Different than Looted Art? Questions About Fair Value and Duress in Wartime Resonate After Recent Limbach Commission Decision

Limbach Commission Rules Against Claimants to Restitution of “Three Graces” by Lovis Corinth in Unpersuasive Opinion

Sullivan & Worcester LLP Pleased To Become a Friend of the Appraisers Association of America Art Law Day on November 7, 2014

Corcoran Merger Approved, Cy Prés Ruling Treats Deaccession as Non-Starter in Concluding that Status Quo is Untenable

Court Grants Corcoran Cy Pres Petition to Merge with National Gallery and George Washington University

Gurlitt Task Force Issues Second Public Recommendation, Urges Restitution of Liebermann painting to David Toren—Lawsuit Not Over Yet

Corcoran Cy Prés Trial Wraps Up, Whether Judge Thinks Deaccessioning is Worse than the Alternatives Will Influence Final Result

First Week of Corcoran Cy Prés Hearing Wraps Up, Focus is on Financial Condition and Other Alternatives to Proposed Merger

“Dumb Starbucks” Epilogue: Comedy Central Airs “Nathan For You” Episode Behind it All, Explores Parody, Commerce, and Visual Art

United States Abandons Finally Its Effort to Seize Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer in St. Louis, Egypt’s Plans Unknown

Creditors Strike Back With Report Valuing Detroit Institute of Arts Collection at $8.5 Billion

Audio Now Available of “Art Fairs: An Irresistible Force In The Art World?” at Sotheby’s Institute

Curiouser and Curiouser: Still More Gurlitt Paintings Found, Nazi-Looting Connections Unknown

Not so Fast—Intervention into Corcoran Cy Pres Case Allowed for Current Students and Employees, “Save the Corcoran” Turned Away

Lauder Wall Street Journal Nazi-Looted Art Editorial, Art Law Report Post, and the Response: Some Clarification and Context

District of Columbia DA Supports Corcoran Cy Pres Petition, Focuses on Potential Sanctions for Deaccession

Legislative Update: HR 4103, the “American Royalties Too Act” to be Considered Next Week, Gains Sponsors

Corcoran Trustees Respond to “Save the Corcoran” Motion to Intervene, Argue That Challengers Lack Distinct Interest

City Releases Updated Appraisal of Full Detroit Institute of Arts Collection, Tactical Questions Abound

Corcoran Cy Pres Petition Challenged by Students, Staff and Community Group. Will “Save the Corcoran” Be Another “Friends of the Barnes” Case?

Bavarian State Paintings Collection in the News Again, May Face Claims from Eva Braun Heirs

Claims by Mendelssohn Bartholdy Heirs over Picasso "Madame Soler" Dismissed, Court Finds No FSIA Jurisdiction After Evidentiary Hearings

Lauder Editorial on Stolen Art and Museums Fails the Glass House Test

Analysis and Views Develop on New York Art Authentication Protection Bill

St. Louis Art Museum Dismisses Its Lawsuit Over Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, Could Bring it Again if It Chose

"Fight Over Paintings Looted by Nazis May Finally Get Trial Thanks to 9th Cir." Published by Bloomberg BNA

What Happens to St. Louis Art Museum Suit Against the U.S. over the Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer—Will Museum Dismiss its Case Voluntarily?

Appeals Court Rules Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer Will Stay at St. Louis Art Museum Because Government Missed Deadlines

Gurlitt Task Force Makes First Determination that Matisse "Seated Woman" Was Stolen From Rosenbergs; Questions Remain About What Happens Next

Restitution Claims for Cranach Paintings in the Norton Simon Museum Revived by Ninth Circuit, Case Now Hinges on Act of State Doctrine

A Trust For The Benefit of the Public is Not “the Public Trust”—The Deaccessioning Debate and the Detroit Institute of Arts

Reactions and Reviews of “Art Fairs: An Irresistible Force In The Art World?” At Sotheby’s Institute Last Week

Detroit Institute of Arts Makes Case for Its Art as a Public Trust that City Could Not Sell Even if it Wanted To

The Next Gurlitt? Records from Weinmüller Auction House Made Available Online

“Innocence of Muslims” Producer Answers Complaint to Contest Garcia Allegations, Effect on Copyright Argument Should be Minimal

REMINDER: “Art Fairs: An Irresistible Force In The Art World?” at Sotheby’s Institute May 27, 2014

Remaining Claims Against AAM, AAMD Related to Pissarro “La Bergere” in Oklahoma Are Dismissed

Cornelius Gurlitt Attorney References “Only Eight Works” in Relation to Nazi Persecution, Likely More of an Update than Assertion of Ownership

FBI Claims to Have "Confirmed Sightings" of Stolen Gardner Artwork, But Offers Only Stale Information and Conjecture

“Art Fairs: An Irresistible Force In The Art World?” at Sotheby’s Institute May 27, 2014

Claims Against University of Oklahoma Over Pissarro "La bergère" Dismissed on Jurisdictional Grounds

Great-Nephew May Challenge Gurlitt Will and Appointment of Kunstmuseum Bern as Sole Heir, Second Will is Confirmed

VARA Likely to Apply Retroactively to Victor Henderson “Brooks Avenue Painting Claim”

Gurlitt Bequest to Kunstmuseum Bern: German Language Analysis Roundup

Gurlitt Names Kunstmuseum Bern as Sole Heir. Will the Museum Want Everything that Comes with That?

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act Passes House of Representatives Overwhelmingly

Cornelius Gurlitt Passes Away, Questions Remain About Recent Deal and Fate of Collection

Victor Henderson of LA Fine Arts Squad Files VARA Claim Over “Brooks Avenue Painting”

New York Authentication Protection Bill Passes Senate Committee

Proposed Amendment to New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law Would Protect Authenticators

Detroit Institute of Arts Grand Bargain Not Done Yet, Creditors Claim to Have Purchaser Willing to Pay Nearly $2 Billion for Entire Collection

The Gurlitt Deal—Prosecutor Gives Collection Back, Agreement Leaves Questions About Process and Transparency

Breakthrough? Gurlitt Signs Agreement with Germany For Continued Research and Commits to Return of Art

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act Passes House Judiciary Committee on Voice Vote

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act Reintroduced in House of Representatives, Would Ban Use of Exhibition Loan as Basis for Federal Court Jurisdiction

Call for Papers and 6th Annual ARCA Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference, June 28-29, 2014

Gurlitt Can’t Get His Story Straight About Salzburg Trove

Gurlitt Art Return Click-Bait and Switch—Don’t Get Fooled by Headlines

Gurlitt "Wants" to Return “All Pictures Stolen or Looted from Jewish Possession”—But Stolen According to Whom?

Limbach Advisory Commission Recommends Against German Restitution of “Guelph Treasure,” Focuses on Terms of 1929 Agreement for Intended Sale

Resale Royalties Redux: the “American Royalties Too Act”

UPDATE Ninth Circuit Won't Rehear Denial of Stay for Google in "Innocence of Muslims" Case

Video Interview: Discussing the Ninth Circuit's 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling with LXBN TV

Cindy Lee Garcia’s Application to Copyright Office to Register Separately Her Performance in “Innocence of Muslims” Was Turned Down

Art Law This Week at the City Bar: “Copyright Fair Use: The Importance of Being Transformative” and “Hot Topics in Art Law 2014”

Ninth Circuit Judge Asks for Panel Vote on Denial of Google’s Request for Stay in "Innocence of Muslims" Copyright Case

New York Man Sues Germany For Liebermann Found With Gurlitt, but Allegations Face Real FSIA and Pleading Challenges

"Innocence of Muslims" Copyright Decision Against Google Could Put Distribution of Nearly Any Movie at Risk

U.S. Again Asks Court to Ignore Russian Defiance of Chabad Judgment, and for Advance Notice to Hinder Plaintiffs’ Exercise of their Rights

Germany Itself Exhibited in the United States Dozens of Works from Hildebrandt Gurlitt in 1956

The Gurlitt Counteroffensive Continues: Complaint Filed for Return of Paintings

"Gurlitt Facts" Website Posted as Part of Public Relations Offensive, Arguments Strain Credulity

Legal Issues in Museum Administration, March 19-21, 2014 in Philadelphia

"Dumb Starbucks" Indeed a Prank, Health Department is Not Amused

Is "Dumb Starbucks" an Art Gallery in the Eyes of the Law?

Augsburg Prosecutor Rejects Idea of Making Deal with Gurlitt, Harvard and LACMA Beckmann Paintings Highlight Difficulty Ahead Without Agreement

Cornelius Gurlitt’s Lawyers File Privacy Complaint

Gurlitt Attorney Speaks of Discussions with Heirs and “Fair and Equitable Solution,” Challenges Earlier Quote Despite Video of Interview

Chabad Asks for Interim Judgment of $14.75 Million Against Russia for Defiance of Order to Return Rebbe's Library

Recap of Ersessene Kunst—Der Fall Gurlitt (Appropriated Art—The Gurlitt Case): January 26, 2014 in Heidelberg

Bankruptcy Court Denies Creditors’ Motion to Reappraise Detroit Institute of Arts Collection

“Appropriated Art—the Gurlitt Case,” Heidelberg, Germany January 26, 2014

Foundations Pledge $330 Million to Keep Detroit Institute of Arts Collection Safe from Liquidation

Baltimore Museum of Art Wins Title to “Flea Market Renoir” Painting

Hearing Tomorrow on Baltimore Museum of Art Claims to "Flea Market Renoir"

Secret Witness Contradicted Hildebrand Gurlitt’s Claim to Monuments Men that His Art was Burned in Dresden

Bavaria Proposes Cultural Property Restitution Act, Heads to Berlin for Federal Approval

Bavaria to Review Draft Revision to Statute of Limitations on Claims to Art Found in Gurlitt Apartment

Flea Market Renoir Battle Focuses on the Hearsay Rule

Hearing Set On Creditors' Motion to Force an Appraisal Committee for the Detroit Institute of Arts Collection

Full Christie’s Report Issued on Detroit Institute of Arts Collection, City Holding the Cards to Push for Negotiated Grand Bargain

Oral Argument Set for January 13, 2014 on Mask of Ka Nefer-Nefer Forfeiture Case

Reactions to Jenack Decision Are Surprisingly Limited So Far

Jenack v. Rabidazeh Decision Reversed: Auction Sellers and Consignors Can Remain Anonymous

Cassirer Heirs' Claims to Pissarro Work Revived by Appeals Court, the Year 2013 Shows that the Tide for Restitution May be Shifting Again

Now who’s rapping like it’s a commercial? The Beastie Boys counterclaim against GoldieBlox Web advertisement

327 Gurlitt Collection Works Now Known; Time for Claims in the United States?

Post Eligibility Ruling, Kevyn Orr Reiterates Expectation That DIA will Contribute Revenue to City’s Financial Plan

Detroit Institute of Arts Responds Swiftly to Detroit Bankruptcy Eligibility Ruling

Detroit Bankruptcy Will Proceed, Judge’s Comments about Detroit Institute of Arts Could Affect Involvement or Sale of Artwork

GoldieBlox Declares a Truce with the Beastie Boys, What was That All About?

Detroit Creditors Press Bankruptcy Court for Action on Sale of Detroit Institute of Arts Collection, Motion Likely Premature and Unfounded

GoldieBlox Parodies the Beastie Boys and “Girls”—Fair Use is Clear, What About Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”?

5Pointz Not of "Recognized Stature" Under the Visual Artists Rights Act? Court Takes the Narrow View and Paintings are Whitewashed

The Auctioneer is the Agent of the Seller in Every Auction: Buyer Gets the Better of Argument in Jenack Appeal Oral Argument. Are Auction Houses Ready if Result Stands?

Gurlitt Vows to Fight for Art Collection, Possible Limitations Under German Law Still Unclear. Does Austria Have Say?

New York Court of Appeals Rejects a “Spoils of War” Doctrine in Flamenbaum

Gurlitt Taskforce Announces Plan to Post 590 More Works. Choice of Law, Procedure, and Venue for Claims Up in the Air

REMINDER Restitution and Repatriation: the Return of Cultural Objects at DePaul University November 14, 2013

First List of Art Found in Gurlitt Collection is Released, Website Overwhelmed as Claimants Consider Legal Options

IFAR to Host "Artists Resale Rights in the U.S.: Overdue or Shouldn't Do?"

Proposed Legislation in New York Would Help Shield Authentication Experts from Liability

German Federal Government Wants Gurlitt Collection Made Public, Some May Have Come to U.S., More Art Seized in Stuttgart, Cornelius Gurlitt Spotted in Munich After Bizarre Request for Anonymity

German Museums Join in Demands for More Information About Gurlitt; Links to the Amber Room Theorized; Dix Painting Was Not Unknown

Focus Turns to Hildebrand Gurlitt’s Postwar Interrogation; Cornelius Gurlitt’s Whereabouts. Belvedere Official Questions Whether Collection Was Really a Secret

Hildebrand Gurlitt Interview Transcript is Located

"Here and Now": Questions Remain About Nazi-Looted Art Trove

Merkel Hints at Putting Gurlitt Lists Online, Calls for Special Tribunal Are Made

"Here and Now" on WBUR Tomorrow to Discuss Gurlitt Nazi Art Find in Munich

New Details, More Questions Than Answers in Gurlitt Nazi-Tinged Painting Find in Munich

Paintings Targeted by the Nazis Found in Munich, Could be Biggest Discovery Since the War. What Now?

Met Wins Partial Dismissal of Admissions Policy Lawsuit Over Lease and City Laws

Dispute Over "Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl" on Loan to National Gallery—Calls for Restitution Put International Respect for Final Judicial Awards, Other Claims, at Risk

Last Call: "Selling the Museum's Collection: Is Deaccessioning Ever Appropriate?" on Monday

The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage-November 1, 2013 in New York

Detroit Bankruptcy Eligibility Trial Begins, Art Collection Could Hang in the Balance

Appraisers Association of America Art Law Day at New York University November 8, 2013

Banksy and Vandalism

Lauren Clay, the David Smith Estate, David Dodde, and Fair Use: Are We Learning Anything?

Free Speech, Fair Use, and Meaning—Recapping An Evening of Copyright and the Visual Arts at the Sotheby’s Institute

Detroit Emergency Manager Expects DIA Collection to Bring Revenue

"Selling the Museum's Collection: Is Deaccessioning Ever Appropriate?" at Columbia October 28, 2013

IBA Annual Conference Starts Today in Boston

Fair Use and Social Utility: Google Books Case Could Drive Copying of Visual Arts in the Name of Access

Coverage of Lessig "Lisztomania" DCMA Takedown Lawsuit Continues

Knoedler Forgery Cases Foretell New Battleground Over Art Dealer Diligence

UPDATED Deaccessioning Panel Discussion at Columbia Law School October 28, 2013, 12:15 PM

Cariou Petitions Supreme Court to Review Richard Prince Fair Use Decision

Revival of the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act?

Fair Use and DMCA Take Down—Lawrence Lessig Sues Over YouTube Use of “Lisztomania”

Dispute of Fact or Statement of Foreign Policy? Ninth Circuit Takes up the Question of U.S. Courts’ Role in Assessing Foreign Art Restitution Procedures

ARCA Recaps Fifth Annual Art Crime Conference

Salon Piece Confirms Primacy of State Law in Detroit Bankruptcy Dispute

A Primer on Transformativeness: Green Day Proves Fair Use of Image in Concert Video

Does The Art World Have a Russia Problem?

City of Detroit Hires Christie's to Appraise Detroit Institute of Arts Collection

Detroit Institute of Arts Deaccessioning: Municipal Bankruptcy, Existing and Proposed Changes to Michigan Law Affect Debate

Detroit Institute of Arts and Motor City Bankruptcy: Deaccessioning Fact and Fiction, Hope and Reality

Blogs to Read and Support

Jenack Case Set for Oral Argument, Appeal Tests Obligation for Auction Houses in New York to Disclose Seller’s Name

Lawsuit Against Sotheby’s for Nazi-tainted Art Sale Dismissed; Why it Was Filed in California at all Remains Unclear

Bloomberg Law Publishes My Article on the Chabad Case and Russian Art Loan Embargo

They’re “Gonna Work it Out, Bye Bye”—The Velvet Underground and Warhol Foundation Settle Banana Trademark Case

Speakers List for ARCA Art & Heritage Conference Released

Rutgers Law Review Article Advocates Replacing Restitution Litigation with Prosecutions

Copyright Office Holds Hearing on Resale Royalty Legislation

Presentation to the 5th Annual ARCA Art Crime Conference June 21-23, 2013

No Infringement in Cariou v. Prince—Second Circuit Plays Art Critic and Finds Fair Use

DC Circuit Reinstates All Claims that Were Dismissed in Herzog Case Against Hungary-UPDATED

Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer Settlement Talks Fail, Appeal Back on the Docket

Boston Globe spotlights S&W Client Mark Rappaport’s Battle for His Film Collection

“Flea Market Renoir” Possibly Taken from Baltimore Museum Heads to Court

New Sullivan & Worcester Advisory: Supreme Court Responds to Museums' Concerns in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Second Lawsuit Against Metropolitan Museum of Art About Admissions Policy

ALI-CLE Legal Issues in Museum Administration Next Week in Chicago

FBI Claims to Know Identity of Gardner Thieves, Timing Deserves Scrutiny

Art and Heritage Disputes at the University of Maastricht

MFA and Harvard To Keep Iranian Antiquities, FSIA/Seizure Questions for Museums Left Unanswered

President Putin Vows to Keep Chabad Library in Russia

Russia Threatens Lawsuit Against U.S. Library of Congress in Further Retaliation for Chabad Sanctions Order

New York Times Analyzes Jenack Appeal, Art Law Report Quoted

New York Court of Appeals to Address Jenack Decision Requiring Disclosure of Consignment Seller’s Identity to Enforce Sale Contract

Russia Swiftly Lashes Out At Sanctions Concerning Schneerson/Chabad Library, U.S. Government Still Silent

Russia Sanctioned $50,000 per day for Defiance of Chabad Library Judgment that Led to Art and Cultural Loan Embargo

“Clark Rockefeller” Picture Ruling Addresses Copyrightable Elements of News Photographs

Senate Bill 2212, the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, Unexpectedly Dies in Committee

The Art Law Report to Present Paper in Maastricht, the Netherlands

Bi-Partisan Sponsors for Senate Bill 2212 Sign On

Lawsuit Claims Metropolitan Museum’s Voluntary Admissions Policy is Deceptive

Charles Schumer’s Co-Sponsorship of Senate Bill 2212 Could Signal Movement

“Canyon” Update—Rauschenberg’s Bald Eagle Collage Goes to MoMA, Tax Dispute Resolved

Combining the Nazi Theft Exception in Senate Bill 2212 with Immunity from Seizure: Good Policy or Inconsistent Law?

5th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute November 16, 2012

Possible Settlement of IRS Dispute Over Rauschenberg's "Canyon"

Does Jenack Decision Really Require Disclosure of Seller’s Name? Yes, if the Buyer Won't Pay

Hans Sachs Collection Epilogue: Posters to Go on Sale in New York at Guernsey’s

Restitution Case Against Czech Republic and Museums Dismissed

New Sullivan & Worcester LLP Client Advisory on Consignment Law in New York

German Art Law Updates from the Dispute Resolution in Germany Blog

Art Law Day at NYU Next Friday, November 9, 2012

Auction Consignors’ Names Must be Disclosed in New York: an Art Twist on a Very Old Law

Restitution and Repatriation at DePaul University on Monday, October 29, 2012

Copyright Office is Seeking Comment on Resale Royalty Legislation

New Perspective on Senate Bill 2212

"Nite Moves" Loses in the Court of Appeals—Lap Dancing is Not Art in New York

Second Circuit Rules Schiele Drawing Not Stolen by Nazis

“Flea Market Renoir” May Have Been Stolen Decades Ago, Confusion Abounds

Change to New York Art Consignment Statute Adds Protections, Risks

Happy (early) Birthday to the Art Law Report!

"Restitution and Repatriation, the Return of Cultural Objects" at DePaul University Next Month

Velvet Underground’s Copyright Claim Against Warhol Foundation is Dismissed, Trademark Case Goes On

U.S. Asks Court Not to Sanction Russian Defendants in Chabad Library Case—What Now?

Court Denies Request to Amend Complaint Seeking Forfeiture of Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer

Barnes Foundation Relocation Under Attack Again but Unlikely to Come Out Differently

Government Tries to Save "Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer" Case Against St. Louis Art Museum, but Did U.S. Miss Its Own Deadline?

Best Case for Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act (S.B. 2212) May Have been Made by its Sponsors

The Other Von Saher Shoe Drops: Cassirer v. Kingdom of Spain Dismissed Under Foreign Affairs Preemption

UPDATE: Court Denies Government's Request to Amend Case to Reclaim Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer from St. Louis Art Museum

The Ethical Questions Raised by the Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer Case in this Month’s Atlantic

Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Amendment Coverage Continues to Miss the Mark: NPR Report Claims Bill Could "Thwart Return of Holocaust Art"

Court in Chabad Library Case Solicits Views of the United States on the Foreign Relations Impact of Holding Russia in Contempt

Despite Criticism of S.B. 2212’s Proposed Amendment to the FSIA, New Law Would Not Enable Stolen Art

California Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional: U.S. District Court Dismisses California Resale Royalty Act Case against Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and eBay

Portrait of Wally in Hindsight: What did it Really Change?

Commentary Takes Shape on S.B. 2212, the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act

Von Saher claim against Norton Simon Museum dismissed as preempted under foreign affairs doctrine.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP Art and Estate Planning Panel With Citi Private Bank Postponed

St. Louis Art Museum Prevails Against U.S. Claim to Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer

Tacheles Emptied and Scheduled for Destruction—End of the Original Occupy Movement

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act: House Votes to Amend FSIA to Exclude Artwork Loan as Basis for Jurisdiction

Poster Collection Seized by Nazis Ordered Returned by German High Court

California Resale Royalty Act Case Against Sotheby's, Christie's, and eBay to Be Dismissed?

Barnes Relocation Case Sanctions Award Upheld, But Also Reduced

The Art Law Report at ALI-ABA Legal Issues in Museum Administration 2012

Sullivan & Worcester LLP joins with Citi Private Bank to Explore Art and Estate Planning

Golan v. Holder—Foreign Works in Public Domain Back Under Copyright

Wolfgang Beltracchi Claims Forgeries Known to Date are Just the Beginning

Russian Art Embargo News: Chabad Negotiations Over Russian Library Fail, Renewed Request for Contempt Sought

Cariou Files Appeals Brief—Is this Case Less Transformative Than It Seemed?

Public Domain Rights and Copyright Clash Over The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind

Federal Legislation Proposed for Artists' Resale Royalties

More Hope for a Resolution to the Russian Art Embargo?

The 2nd Circuit Pulls Back on the Reach of the FSIA, Upholds Dismissal of Claim Against Switzerland for Van Gogh Drawing

Ruminations on Connoisseurship, Forgery, Knoedler and Litigation in the News

Prince Copyright Appeal: Warhol Foundation Makes the Case to Reverse Infringement Finding

Full Appeal of Herzog Heirs' Case Against Hungarian Museums Allowed

“Flagellation of Christ” to be Returned to Germany

Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin Returns Schmidt-Rotluff Paintings to Graetz Heirs

Artist-Endowed Foundations

Russian Ship Turns Away from San Francisco as Part of Chabad Russian Art Embargo Dispute

Beltracchi and Forgers Sentenced in Cologne

Russian Art Embargo News: Chabad Plaintiffs Put Request for Sanctions on Hold

Christie’s and Sotheby’s Sued over California Resale Rights

Ellis Boston Begins Today

Barnes Foundation Case Dismissed, Relocation to Philadelphia Will Proceed

The Art Law Report at Ellis Boston Antiques

Herzog Case Against Hungarian Museums Focuses on Issues to Be Appealed

Confession in German Forgery Trial

German Forgery Trial Update-Deal Offered?

Richard Prince Copyright Appeal Survives Cariou Motion to Dismiss

Hungarian World War II Restitution Case Will Go Forward

Resale Royalty Legislation Revived

The Met Joins Russian Art Embargo Dispute

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