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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: A Murality Play

By Valentina Shenderovich and Christine Steiner Public wall murals have been the subject of much attention recently. Legislators for Los Angeles, considered the "mural capital of the world", are reviewing a proposed city ordinance to preserve vintage art murals and to repeal an existing ban...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: My Fellow Californians - Our Long National Nightmare Is Over

By Christine Steiner In the same era Gerald Ford advised his fellow Americans that "our long national nightmare is over," as he succeeded Richard Nixon as president, the California Legislation enacted the sloppily-drafted California Resale Royalty Act, Civil Code Section 986 . The act was...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: The Studious Studio - Business Practices for Artists

By Christine Steiner The recent troubles of Knoedler Gallery, now airing in the press and later, presumably, in the courtroom, may shed some light on certain art world concerns - due diligence, gallery sale practices, sophisticated fakes/forgeries, and problems with authenticity in the market. This...

LaFrance on First Amendment Protection for Expressive Works Depicting Trademarks

In University of Alabama Bd. of Trustees v. New Life Art, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 11794 (11th Cir. June 11, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Eleventh Circuit joined several other circuits in recognizing a high degree of First Amendment protection for traditional...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Lend Us Your Ears: Museums Implore Senate

By Kathryn Hines and Manuel Gomez This year, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art were able to view Rembrandt's Portrait of the Artist (ca. 1665), on loan from the Kenwood House in North London and in the United States for the very first time. Also this year, visitors to the Philadelphia...