Key Copyright Case Highlights Pitfalls of Appropriative Art

Client Advisory
April 5, 2011

This Client Advisory discusses the Southern District of New York's recent decision in the Cariou v. Gagosian et al. That District Court decision has prompted much discussion within the museum, gallery and artist community about the scope of fair use as a copyright infringement defense. The decision should be of interest to anyone involved in the creation, sale or exhibition of "appropriative art" that incorporates the visual works of others.

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