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Art Law (Spring 2019)

Course Description

From Spring 2018

This course introduces students to the various fields of law that concern artworks and cultural property. From copyright and first amendment issues to patrimony laws, international treaties and choice of law, the art law practitioner must be familiar with a wide variety of legal and historical concepts. The course will provide an overview, often from a litigation perspective, of legal issues affecting artworks and cultural property. Topics to be discussed include:

 I. The Rights of Artists and Collectors

A. Authentication and Forgery

B. Copyright

C. Title to Looted and Stolen Art

D. Moral and Economic Rights: Droit de suite

E. Right of Publicity/Privacy

II. The State and Art

A. Patrimony Laws and Treaties

B. Censorship: Obscenity and Pornography

C. Indigenous Cultures

III. The Art Market

A. Auction Houses

B. Galleries and Dealers

C. Museums

D. Insurance

E. Taxes and Charitable Contributions

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M/W 8:30 am - 9:20 am
  • Room Number: Room 130
  • Exam: In-class exam or paper in lieu of exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required and graded