Art dealer who stole celebrity portraits of the Rolling Stones, Princess Diana and Bob Dylan jailed for four years – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2017 in artistic works, fraud, imprisonment, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A Cotswold art dealer who stole nearly £500,000 worth of artworks, including paintings by the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, from clients, has been jailed for four years.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2017

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Police in Aberaeron investigate carnival float ‘considered racist’ – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2017 in artistic works, complaints, freedom of expression, news, racism, Wales by tracey

‘Police are investigating allegations of racism against a group of men who wore black face paint when they dressed as members of the Jamaican bobsleigh team for a carnival parade.’

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The Guardian, 30th August 2017

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Music and Entertainment Law: Music Contracts – Editions Musicales Alpha S.A.R.L. v Universal Music Publishing Ltd and Others – NIPC Law

Posted June 29th, 2017 in artistic works, contracts, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘This case, which came before His Honour Judge Hacon on 23 Feb 2017, shows how copyright comes into being, how it is assigned and how much care should be taken when drawing up agreements for its assignment, particularly when settling disputes over ownership.’

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NIPC Law, 28th June 2017

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Banksy withdraws “legally dubious” print offer after Electoral Commission warning – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 7th, 2017 in artistic works, elections, news by sally

‘Banksy has cancelled his offer of a free print to people in six Bristol constituencies who vote against the Conservative Party in the General Election, after receiving a warning from the Electoral Commission that the offer would invalidate the election result.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th June 2017

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Export ban for Clive of India’s £6m rare jewelled flask – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2017 in artistic works, export controls, news by tracey

‘An extremely rare jewelled flask given to Clive of India after the Battle of Plassey in 1757 could be exported from the UK unless a buyer can match the £6 million price tag. Culture Minister Matt Hancock has put temporary export bars on the flask and on Clive’s huqqa smoking set, which has a price tag of £240,000, to give UK buyers the chance to save the Mughal treasures for the nation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2017

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UK places export ban on £1.2m Hogarth painting – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2016 in artistic works, export controls, news by sally

‘One of William Hogarth’s earliest paintings satirising the lives of the wealthy in 18th-century England is in danger of leaving Britain unless £1.2m can be raised by a UK buyer.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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Do you need to review your use of images after repeal of s.52? – Technology Law Update

Posted August 12th, 2016 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘The UK has recently repealed a fairly obscure bit of copyright law – should you be worried?’

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Technology Law Update, 10th August 2016

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MPs introduce Bill to return ‘Elgin Marbles’ to Greece 200 years after the UK decided to buy them – The Independent

Posted July 11th, 2016 in artistic works, bills, Greece, news by sally

‘A cross-party group of MPs has launched a fresh bid to return the so-called Elgin Marbles to Greece on the 200th anniversary of the British Government’s decision to buy them — a move that campaigners said could help the UK secure a better deal during the Brexit talks with the EU.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2016

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YouTube pranksters jailed after ‘terrifying’ fake art heist – The Guardian

‘Four men have been jailed for pranks filmed for YouTube channel Trollstation, including a “terrifying” fake art heist in the National Portrait Gallery.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2016

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Led Zeppelin’s plagiarism lawsuit: a sign of the times in the music industry – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2016 in artistic works, intellectual property, news by sally

‘In age of declining revenue, suing over chord progressions and samples opens a new revenue stream for disgruntled artists – but such action is nothing new.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Seven men jailed over series of museum raids – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2016 in artistic works, conspiracy, news, theft by sally

‘Members of a gang have been jailed for up to six years and eight months after plotting to steal up to £57m in rhino horn and Chinese artefacts in a series of museum raids.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2016

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Export bar placed on Robert the Bruce seal to prevent sale to a foreign buyer – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in artistic works, export controls, news by tracey

‘Despite a chequered history, Westminster has come to the aid of Robert the Bruce to prevent his seal being sold to a foreign buyer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2016

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Traveller gang found guilty of £60 million rhino horn thefts – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 1st, 2016 in artistic works, gangs, gipsies, news, theft by sally

‘Dubbed the ‘Dead Zoo Gang’, the thieves targeted museums across the country stealing rhino horns and Chinese artefacts worth tens of millions of pounds.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th February 2016

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Antiques dealer jailed for organising theft of Alzheimer’s sufferers’ cherished belongings – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 15th, 2015 in artistic works, elderly, mental health, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘The treasured possessions and family heirlooms were stolen from elderly homeowners as they slept.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2015

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Peter Hook sues New Order, claiming they ‘pillaged’ the group’s name – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2015 in artistic works, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘Peter Hook is suing his New Order ex-bandmates for “many millions of pounds” in the high court, accusing them of secretly “pillaging” the group’s name and starving him of cash.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2015

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Man behind Birdie Song wins court battle over West End show tunes – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 27th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, news, theatre by sally

‘Henry Hadaway could be awarded more than £300,000 after High Court ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

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Family threaten National Gallery with legal action over Matisse painting – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2015 in artistic works, consent, news, theft by sally

‘The National Gallery has been threatened with legal action relating to a portrait by Henri Matisse, amid claims that it was stolen from its original owner shortly after the second world war.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2015

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The Koh-i-Noor diamond affair shows ‘returning’ relics is never simple – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2015 in artistic works, international relations, news, theft by sally

‘No one wants to open the floodgates by establishing a principle that everything plundered must be repatriated. But one court case could do just that.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2015

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Art and ingenuity – New Square Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in artistic works, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Banksy has been described as a pseudonymous graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. In The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Ltd & Others [2015] EWHC 2556 (Ch) Mr Justice Arnold had to decide the ownership of a mural known as “Art Buff” attributed to Banksy and spray-painted overnight in September 2014 onto an external flank wall of an amusement arcade (”the building”) in Folkestone owned by Stonefield Estates Ltd (“Stonefield”). The ingenuous arguments advanced on behalf Dreamland in support of its claim to be the owner of the mural are arguably at least as imaginative as the mural. The judgment addresses a novel point.’

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New Square Chambers, 30th September 2015

Source: www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

Unhappy returns of the day for copyright claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 24th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, evidence, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A California judge’s ruling that Warner/Chappell can no longer collect royalties for Happy Birthday may not apply in England, says IP expert.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk