Paul Mantell

Pa. Fed. Dist. Ct. Awards Single Statutory Damage for Copyright Infringement of Multiple Works in Compilation

The case of Ackourey v. Mohan's Custom Tailors, Inc. concerns allegations of copyright infringement of a registered compilation and certain copyrighted drawings that are part of the compilation. In granting in part and denying…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Puerto Rico District Court Deems Artwork Advertisements and Not Protected by VARA

In Rivera v. Mendez and Co., plaintiff asserted claims for copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, and moral rights violations under the Visual Artists Rights Act (“VARA”) and Puerto Rico Intellectual Property Activ…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

NY Bill to Strengthen Statute Protecting Artist-Consignors

This past spring, twin pieces of legislation were introduced in the New York Legislature to enhance the protection afforded artists in their commercial dealings with art dealers and galleries. Senate Bill S4988 and Assembly…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts

The Twisted Case of Jeff Koons and Balloon Dogs

An independent San Francisco bookstore and art gallery goes up against artist Jeff Koons, who alleges that his intellectual property rights in the garden-variety dog shape formed by twisting a balloon, by virtue of his Balloon…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

OneBeacon's Claim to Stolen Painting Denied by Mass. Court

"Greed" best describes insurer OneBeacon's recent attempt to wrest control of a stolen painting, now recovered…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Insurance
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