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On the Case: Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Virtual Reality Tour

Accurate goes before cool when creating VR for museums. For those readers who are living in a cabin in the woods (and are presumably reading artnet by candlelight), we are happy to report that the hottest craze of this summer … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law: Augmented Reality

“There’s an angry mob in the conference room!” our new receptionist, Felicia, exclaimed. The mob turned out to be a troop of shaggy artists led by our old client Simeon, and fortunately they hadn’t come to lynch us but to … Continue reading

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Augmented Reality & the Museum Grumpasaurus

Rex, the ambitious young Director of a regional natural history museum, recently invited me to a tea to celebrate the opening of their new dinosaur wing. He sat me next to Tyrone, the museum’s senior paleontologist, who was so old … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law: A Photographer’s Artistic Freedom v. an Individual’s Rights to Privacy

Our teenage friend Jay is a renowned amateur birder whose feathers aren’t easily ruffled. Still, he was dismayed to spot an unflattering picture of himself taken without his parents’ permission and posted online by a fledgling rival. Worse, other birders … Continue reading

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Satisfaction Guaranteed: Brothers in Law on Commissioning a Work of Art

We received the penned note from Miranda at the end of a punishing day. It was just two sentences long, but it raised a slew of legal issues and a few other concerns. “I am about to commission a sculpture … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law: When Conceptual Art Certificates of Authenticity Go Up in Smoke

Ashley was passionate about Conceptual art, but her pyromaniacal son had a different burning enthusiasm. After the firemen left, our client discovered that the extensive documentation on her collection had gone up in flames. A smoking mad Ashley phoned us … Continue reading

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On the Case: The Law on Augmented Reality and Museums

There is nothing virtual about being sued. A few of our more tech-savvy museum clients have recently been exploring whether and how to make some of their exhibits come alive by using exciting new “augmented reality” (AR) technology. At the … Continue reading

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Brothers in Law: What’s in a Name?: Legal Options When Authenticity is Challenged

It’s possible that our client Boris was, as he claimed, just a small-time florist from Moscow—but we had our suspicions. How many Russian florists own a Gulfstream G650? Boris also had a thorny legal problem: His insurance company had just … Continue reading

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Brothers In Law: Royalty Pains

All is not cool in California. The state’s Resale Royalty Act, which gave artists or their agents (including their heirs) a 5 percent royalty on any resale of their art over $1,000 if the seller resided in California or the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Behind the Ivory Curtain

A ban on illegal ivory has far-reaching implications for antiques dealers.   This year the US Fish and Wildlife Service imposed a sweeping ban on the import and sale of ivory from the African elephant, an endangered species that has … Continue reading

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