Art Law

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Credit Hours:
2 or 3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites: RCC*. This course reviews both policy issues and practical applications of selected areas of the law that relate to the creation, display, reproduction, sale, resale and taxation of works of fine art. The areas we will explore are: limitations on the freedom of visual expression, in the form of both government regulation and private causes of action; copyright and trademark law and the fair use doctrine as they apply to visual images and distinctive artistic style; artists’ right to protect their artistic reputation by preserving the integrity and attribution of their works of recognized stature (i.e., droit moral); commercial law issues relating to auctions, consignment sales, and secondary market resales of works of art; limitation of actions against bona fide purchasers of stolen art; and tax considerations relevant to artists, dealers and art collectors.

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