March 2020 Archives

Do celebs violate copyright law by posting photos of themselves?

When someone snaps a photo of a celebrity, who owns the rights to the photograph? When a professional photographer takes the shot, he or she generally owns the rights to reproduction of the photo unless someone purchases those rights. Legally, photographs are artistic works the same way that a painting or drawing is, even when the subject of the photo is famous. One recent example that New York artists may find interesting is the civil claim against professional basketball player LeBron James. He has been accused of violating copyright law after posting a professional photographer's photo of him to social media without permission.

Copyright law: Artist sues art collective

When New York artists sell a piece they've created, it is often a wonderful moment of celebration. Their hard work and determination has finally paid off, both financially and professionally. If a company or entity that purchases the art fails to properly compensate the artist, it can be financially devastating. Copyright law gives artists the means to legally protect their work. One artist decided to file suit against an art collective for this very reason, claiming it exploited her work.

Nightclubs accused of violating copyright law

Many people in New York can't imagine a night out without music. When that music is played in a public building, such as a bar or a nightclub, it is important that the establishment has obtained the proper licensing to play it. All too often, businesses make the choice to play music they have no right to play, which can end up hurting the artists who created it and deserve to profit from it. Copyright law can help protect these artists from unauthorized use of their music. Several nightclubs are facing a lawsuit for alleged misuse of copyrighted music.

Three 6 Mafia accused of 150 copyright law violations

Artists around the nation put their hearts and souls into their work. It is only right that they profit off of their creations. Unfortunately, other artists or entities may try to misuse or outright steal work that another artist already created. Copyright law exists to protect artists in New York and elsewhere from that happening and provide them legal recourse if it should occur. A few artists put this to the test recently when they made the choice to sue the hip-hop group known as Three 6 Mafia

Developer loses copyright law appeal concerning graffiti artists

Artists of all mediums contribute valuable work to society. They enrich people's lives while creatively expressing themselves. If someone else misuses or destroys their artwork, it may be a violation of copyright law and that artist may want to pursue civil litigation against those responsible. One developer here in New York recently lost his appeal in a case where accusers say that he whitewashed over artwork created by graffiti artists. Many say he destroyed the artists' art, while he claims that was not his intention.


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