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Art Law Newsletter Spring 2013

Art Law Firm Newsletter, Art Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law Newsletter Spring 2013
Photo Images: A. Darraby. 2013.

RUSSIA-US BILATERAL PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION

Author: Alexandra Darraby

Alexandra Darraby, Principal of The Art Law Firm, has been named a Co-Chair of the IP Law Working Group, within the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, tasked with reporting to the BPC Innovation Working Group. The Commission was originally established in 2009 to improve communication and cooperation between the governments of the Russian Federation and the United States. During the 2012 G-20 Leaders' Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, President Obama and President Putin renewed their commitment to the goals of the BPC, advancing global concerns in technology, trade, financial markets and investment. In addition to Innovation, the Commission has Working Groups on economics, environmental regulation, and human rights. 
www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/rs/usrussiabilat/index.htm

The IP Law Working Group drafts reports on Russian and American intellectual property laws to facilitate growth in 21st century technology, incentivize research, and reward innovative initiative across various legal platforms.  Under the leadership of Russian and American co-chairs, Robert Hormats and Vladislav Surkov of the BPC's Innovation Subcommittee, Ms. Darraby  joins co-chairs of the IP Law Working Group from Russia and the USA., presenting the IP Report in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S.-Russia Business Council.   www.USRBC.org

DIGITIZATION OF THE ART WORLD: NEW MEDIA ARTISTS TRANSFORM ART PRACTICE

Author: Alexandra Darraby

Heather Corcoran, Executive Director of Rhizome at the New Museum is the Moderator of the first panel at the New York School of Visual Arts in a series exploring the transformative impact of digitization on museum and exhibition practice, art interpretation and education. On April 8, 2013, artists Marina Yurkow, Wafaa Bilal and Brad Troemel, and art lawyer Alexandra Darraby focus on content and new strategic, economic and legal models for understanding digital property rights without stifling originality.

Technology clients of the Art Law Firm include innovators and pioneers in new media and multimedia, from experimental creators to exhibitors. The Firm is crafting new models for intellectual property rights.

The Guide to Digital Art and Media

GUIDE TO DIGITAL ART & NEW MEDIA

Alexandra Darraby

Federico  Solmi  Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth [video still] © 2012

GOOGLE AND DIGITAL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Author: Alexandra Darraby

Leslie A. Gordon for The Docket in the February issue of the ABA JOURNAL

IT'S GOOGLE, BUT IS IT ART? 

"Google's mission to digitize artwork from around the world is testing the bounds of copyright protection and the fairness of licensing contracts.  Launched in February 2011, the Google Art Project provides access to more than 30,000 high-resolution images of paintings, sculptures and photographs from more than 180 museums and institutions in 40 countries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam."

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"Not everyone is enamored of the Google Art Project. 'Google is so proprietary about their licensing arrangements with public institutions, and it requires every museum to enter into a confidential agreement,' says Darraby....author of the Guide to Digital Art & New Media...."

"Because museums hold artworks in the public trust, licensing those assets requires transparency,' Darraby says. 'What are the obligations of a public institution to fulfill its public mission? I'm not sure some of these institutions are getting the legal advice they should,' she says..."  Read More

MORE GOOGLE and DIGITAL ART COLLECTIONS

Author: Alexandra Darraby

THE PICASSO PROBLEM: COPYRIGHT AND THE GOOGLE ART PROJECT

Reprising a dynamic live program on digitizing art collections held in Las Vegas, Nevada in October 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries, the Arts & Museums Division offered The Picasso Problem: Copyright and the Google Art Project, sponsored by the ABA Center for Professional Development, as a webinar on February 19, 2013.

Moderator LeAnn Shelton, Esq., AIA, General Counsel, Rockwell Group, New York, NY, chose as faculty for the Google Art Project veterans from the Las Vegas panel: Alexandra Darraby, Raymond Dowd, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP, Carlotta Ramirez, Attorney, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, joined this time around by Theodore Feder, President, Artists Rights Society

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Public Program - Art Law - Architecture Law - Art Copyright Law

Alexandra Darraby is an educator devoted to sharing knowledge with professionals and cultural groups.

The Art Law Firm is invited regularly in the USA and abroad to address business groups, architects, museums, government agencies, arts organizations, art fairs, scientific bodies, and universities. 

Recent featured programs were held at the LA Art Fair [photo above] and in New York, at the Museum of Art & Design and Fordham Law School.

INTERNATIONAL LAWYER

alexandra darraby of the art law firm

Alexandra Darraby is a recognized innovator in the art world with extensive experience in the international sector. She practiced in a national firm focusing on nonprofits and tax.

She founded the Art Law Firm, an achievement chronicled in a book about successful entrepreneurial women attorneys,THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE

Her experience as a gallery owner and dealer, law professor and author informs client strategies.