27 August 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Art insurers have gotten into hot water for denying pandemic-related claims. Here’s what they—and their clients—need to know: Anyone working in reputation or crisis management knows that in exceptional circumstances like the pandemic, being right comes a distant second to doing the right thing. Focus entirely on avoiding legal or financial liability in a crisis, and you miss the bigger risk to business: reputation.

24.08.2021, Artnet: Art insurers have gotten into hot water for denying pandemic-related claims. Here’s what they—and their clients—need to know

Dresden Green Vault jewelry heist suspect arrested in Berlin: Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the 2019 theft of antique jewelry worth an estimated €1 billion (around $1.2 billion) from Dresden’s historic Green Vault. A 23-year-old man allegedly involved in the heist was apprehended by police on Thursday morning in Berlin-Treptow.

19.08.2021, Art News: Dresden Green Vault jewelry heist suspect arrested in Berlin

United States

North Carolina film-maker’s copyright case against the state revived after Supreme Court denial: An independent film producer and director in Fayetteville, North Carolina, whose claims of copyright infringement against that state were seemingly quashed by a 2019 ruling by the US Supreme Court on the basis of sovereign immunity, has seen his case revived. In an 18 August decision, a North Carolina district court ruled that the high court did not consider whether the actions of the state violated the film-maker’s constitutional rights under the 5th and 14th amendments, which protect property rights and due process.

20.08.2021, The Art Newspaper: North Carolina film-maker’s copyright case against the state revived after Supreme Court denial

A judge has dismissed Hollywood Exec Ron Meyer’s lawsuit claiming two dealers duped him into buying a fake Rothko: In a ruling, the court said the statute of limitations on Meyer’s claim had expired, regardless of what Seidel may have claimed.  Because the case was dismissed with prejudice, Meyer cannot attempt to replead in an alternate court. 

17.08.2021, Artnet: A judge has dismissed Hollywood Exec Ron Meyer’s lawsuit claiming two dealers duped him into buying a fake Rothko

World

Immaterial gains: the NFT boom comes for fashion: Non-fungible tokens have captivated the art world. Now, fashion collectors foresee profits in clothes whose only form is a digital file.

25.08.2021, The Financial Times: Immaterial gains: the NFT boom comes for fashion

Unesco calls for Afghanistan’s heritage to be protected—but how will it seek enforcement?: Unesco has stepped in to the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, saying that it is concerned about safeguarding “the invaluable cultural heritage of Afghanistan”. In a recent statement Unesco’s director general, Audrey Azoulay, called for the “preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage in its diversity”, 20 years after the deliberate destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas, which is a World Heritage site.

23.08.2021, The Art Newspaper: Unesco calls for Afghanistan’s heritage to be protected—but how will it seek enforcement?

20.08.2021, Art News: Damage to Afghan cultural heritage could be long-lasting, UNESCO warns

Italian man suspected of orchestrating van Gogh heist arrested in Dubai: One of Italy’s most wanted fugitives, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organized crime syndicate, has been arrested in Dubai under suspicion of buying black market van Gogh paintings.

20.08.2021, Art News: Italian man suspected of orchestrating van Gogh heist arrested in Dubai

19.08.2021, The Guardian: Alleged Italian drugs kingpin linked to stolen Van Goghs arrested in Dubai

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