If you need something to read during the dead week between Christmas and New Year’s, Daniel Grant has written a lengthy, and slightly technical dissection of the developing morass of “publicity rights” and their possible impact on artists in the Huffington Post. According to Grant, there’s a developing, but still highly disorganized tangle of state laws regarding the rights of people to control and profit from images of themselves and while preventing others from doing so (as sample legal cases suggest, perhaps the more important right). Occasionally, artists who have used people’s likenesses in their work have fallen afoul of these laws, setting the stage for endless wrangling that pits artists’ rights to free expression against the right to privacy. Intellectual property lawyers are rubbing their hands with glee!
also by Bill Davenport
- DMA Crane Flip Video - April 26th, 2015
- Helmreich New Dean of Fine Arts at TCU - April 25th, 2015
- Two Cents for Houston's New Cultural Plan - April 25th, 2015
- New Art Lands in the Woodlands - April 24th, 2015
- Bob Wade Revamps First Public Sculpture - in Waco! - April 19th, 2015