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Artist's copyright infringement suit heads to US Supreme Court

North Carolina used film director’s images without obtaining his permission or compensating him

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Nazi loot

Court case over three Derain paintings will test France's promise to speed up Nazi-era claims

Grandchildren of art dealer René Gimpel accuse French culture ministry of blocking restitution of works hanging in state museums

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‘Portuguese Saatchi’ in hot water over alleged €1bn debt

Three Portuguese banks have filed a lawsuit to recover funds from Joe Berardo, whose vast collection on show in Lisbon is one of the most visited in Portugal

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Art law

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art

Norton Simon Museum can keep two Lucas Cranach masterpieces

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Art law

Robert Indiana’s estate tries to prevent further reproductions of artist’s LOVE and HOPE works

Fresh claims made in court say licensing agreements with the Morgan Art Foundation and publisher Michael McKenzie ended when Indiana died a year ago

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Knoedler

Knoedler owner Michael Hammer may be liable for fraud over fakes, New York judge finds

The ruling was based on the loose business dealings of Hammer, the gallery and its parent company—like reimbursing him $2m for luxury cars

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina detained in Moscow on suspected drug charges

It is the second time in a month that the feminist activist has been arrested by police

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Law

Wildenstein & Co sued for the 1985 sale of an alleged fake Bonnard painting

The collectors are seeking more than $300,000 in damages after the painting failed to be authenticated before heading to auction last year

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Restitution

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection can keep a painting that the Nazis stole, US judge rules

The judge says the work should have raised suspicions, but that he must apply Spanish law

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Art market

EU copyright crackdown is intended to protect artists, but might it damage their market instead?

New laws to stop copyrighted material from being uploaded to social media without permission could pose problems for those using sites like Instagram to sell art

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Art law

Art vs porn: Iowa prisoners mount legal challenge to nude image ban

A new statute means inmates cannot access art, literature and even medical journals that contain nudity

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Art market

Court case over 'modern forgery' Frans Hals concludes but judgment reserved until summer

Sotheby's James Martin stands by his assertion that the painting is a fake following hours of interrogation challenging the independence of his scientific analysis

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Art market

Sotheby’s settles claim against London dealer Mark Weiss in Frans Hals case

Settlement came day before trial was due to start, but its suit against financier will continue

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Art law

Protesters, influencers and AI: what museums need to think about today

Legal experts discussed the pressing topics for institutions at a recent conference in Washington, DC

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Art market

‘Stay of execution’ for art shippers as EU extends deadline for permits

A shortage of ECMT permits poses “huge concerns” for British art handlers in Europe

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Art law

The Hague’s art arbitration court to open in April

But it remains an open question whether the trade will accept the new court’s decisions

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Art crime

London dealers embroiled in Ezra Chowaiki fraud scheme over $1.2m Chagall painting

Fresh complaint seeks the return of the work allegedly sold by the disgraced Manhattan dealer under false pretences

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Art market

'Saddened, humbled and heartbroken': Mary Boone sentenced to 30 months in jail for tax fraud

New York art dealer falsely claimed around $1.6m in personal expenses as tax-deductible business expenses in 2011

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Art market

London art dealer Richard Green sued by US tycoon over €5m Old Master purchases

Gary Klesch claims undisclosed provenance led him to pay higher price for two paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Salomon van Ruysdael

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Pyotr Pavlensky

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky gets three-year prison sentence, but walks free for time served

Verdict was handed down in dramatic Paris hearing, which Pavlensky dedicated to the Marquis de Sade

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Art market

US anti-money-laundering bill could reappear early next year

Critics say the proposed law, which stalled following the US mid-term elections, would place an unnecessary burden on dealers

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Art law

Rule of law: Legal tips for art lovers

From new exhibitor regulations at Art Basel in Miami Beach to questions over insurance and taxes

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Anish Kapoor

Kapoor reaches out-of-court settlement with the NRA to remove sculpture from 'abhorrent' video

The British artist also invites the US gun lobby to donate $1m to victims of gun violence in the US

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Art law

Jeff Koons loses French lawsuit over ‘slavish copy’ of Naf Naf advert

US artist ordered to pay damages and costs, but Fair d’Hiver sculpture escapes seizure

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Art law

Cultural 'matrimony' could resolve heritage disputes

We need to rethink our perceptions of an artist or an artefact as having a single, unified or homogenous heritage

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Art law

Fair use or foul? An appropriation case involving Warhol raises an artistic debate in New York court

A legal battle over the Pop artist’s portraits of Prince is heating up

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Paris court orders US collector to turn over Pissarro painting

The work, seized by the pro-Nazi Vichy government, had been lent to an exhibition at the Musée Marmottan

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Ivory

The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice

Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”

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Art market

How two missing legs helped the restitution of an Italian secrétaire worth €2m

The Italian state has a permanent right to confiscate illegally exported work

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Conservation

German court orders restorer to pay dealer €26,000 after eight-year dispute

Munich-based dealer claimed paintings he sent for cleaning had been ruined

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Law

Parviz Tanavoli banned from leaving Iran over legal dispute with former gallery owner

Maryam Goudarzi claims that the artist should return six 1972 sculptures worth $6m to her, but Tanavoli says they were swapped legally for five newer works

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Art market

Owner of £10m Giotto to appeal High Court ruling that painting left Italy unlawfully

Judge finds in favour of Arts Council England, but collector Kathleen Simonis argues Italian laws are incompatible with EU free movement of goods

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Law

The UK’s ban on ivory sales will not protect the elephants

A spokesman for Traffic, the leading researchers of trade in endangered species, says it is the Asian market that drives the poaching, not the Western market

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Art law

Jeff Koons and Larry Gagosian file motion to dismiss collector’s 'impatient' demands for work he did not receive

Steven Tananbaum sued the artist and gallery in April for failing to deliver works he bought in 2014, likening the incident to a Ponzi scheme

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Art law

Top experts dispute Italian police claims about seized ‘antiquities’

“I cannot imagine where a terracotta life-size horse head could come from in antiquity,” a specialist says

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Art law

New York judge orders two Schiele works sent to Christie’s, where they could be auctioned

But the watercolours are currently at the centre of a closely watched restitution lawsuit

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Controversies

Once bitten, twice shy: Canadian artist caught using comedians' photos without permission promises no more funny business

Despite controversy over public art project in Calgary, Derek Michael Besant has been commissioned to create a similar work in Ottawa

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Museums

German museum and auctioneer Im Kinsky tussle over looted glass goblet

Object was returned to consigner not museum from where it was looted at the end of Second World War

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Cultural policy

UK permits Nazi-looted Meissen figure to leave for Japan despite spoliation claim

There appear to be no winners in what the Arts Council refers to as an “extremely unusual” case

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Philanthropy

Russian billionaire’s Peri Foundation will keep paying for culture after arrest

It is business as usual, says the organisation’s director, as its founder, Ziyavudin Magomedov, remains in custody awaiting trial on racketeering charges

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Art law

New tribunal aims to provide expertise and impartiality for art disputes

The forthcoming Court of Arbitration for Art could cut costs and time, add anonymity

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Art market

London dealer ordered to return Egon Schiele works worth $5m to heirs of Holocaust victims

Heirs's attorney describes ruling as step closer to recovering "largest mass-theft in history," but Richard Nagy plans to appeal

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Art market

Piero Manzoni Foundation criticised for destruction of works

Foundation denies allegations that it manipulates the authentication process to inflate the value of its holdings

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Art market

Settlement reached in saga over Chinese buyer’s unpaid Richter bill

The complex saga started in June 2015 when the Beijing-based businessman Zhang Chang bought a work by Francis Bacon at Christie’s

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Art law

Convictions as German case against dealers in Russian avant-garde art comes to an end

Itzhak Zarug and his business partner Moez Ben Hazaz found guilty of fabricating provenance of three works

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Art law

New Russian law recognises contemporary art at last

Ultra-rich collectors who run their own museums will benefit from the change

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Art market

Tough new scrutiny by district attorney rattles New York antiquities trade

Will New York district attorney’s new unit clean up the antiquities market—or shut it down?

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Case dismissed: France's highest court rules in favour of Guggenheim foundation

The judgment ends a lengthy legal battle between the heirs of Peggy Guggenheim and the US organisation

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Pablo Picasso

French court annuls conviction for electrician in possession of stolen Picasso works

Another court will have to uncover how the 271 works were stolen and by whom before being received by Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec

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Art law

Dealer of works stolen by Jasper Johns's assistant can be charged with racketeering, court rules

The decision adds another wrinkle to the unsettled case law surrounding liability in art fraud

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Art market

New York court grants permission for Rybolovlev to use confidential documents in UK and Switzerland

Order could pave way for Russian billionaire to launch High Court case against Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s

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Photography report 2017

High-profile new lawsuits test the limits of fair use

Pending lawsuits surrounding Andy Warhol and Richard Prince could bring clarity to cases involving appropriation

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Art law

Norman Rockwell’s sons file temporary restraining order in Massachusetts court

Two works by their father are among 40 that were due to be sold by the Berkshire Museum

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US court to decide on terror victims’ claim on lent artefacts

Eight US citizens injured in a terrorist attack are trying to seize Persian antiquities on loan from Iran to a museum in Chicago

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Henri Matisse

Matisse’s heirs claim two cut-outs worth $4.5m

French appeal court to decide case brought by company based in Hong Kong against artist’s family

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Law

Lygia Pape's daughter sues LG Electronics over cellphone wallpaper

The complaint alleges that the manufacturer has used an "unauthorised derivation" of Pape's work

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Law

Motion to dismiss denied in copyright suit against Richard Prince and Gagosian

Case will be closely watched for its interpretation of fair use for images posted via Instagram

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Art market

Anatole Shagalov embroiled in legal cases that reveal problems of buying art with loans

Buyers using works as collateral and allegedly defaulting on payment becoming increasingly common in "frothy market"

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Art law

Art dynasty heir Guy Wildenstein cleared of tax fraud

Art dealer and other family members were accused of concealing paintings and properties worth hundreds of millions of euros