He's Got Them on His List

It's a list of "undesirables."  At least, that's how a University of Georgia faculty member terms them.

David Lowery, who, in addition to being a mathematician, is also an alternative rocker, has compiled an "Undesirable Lyric Website List," which he says contains the Internet addresses of the top fifty websites that provide copyright infringing texts of song lyrics.  According to his written report, the sites on his list distribute the lyrics without having attained a license to do so.

According to Mr. Lowery's report, much of the public doesn't even realize that distributing unlicensed lyrics is even a violation of law.

Kosher Transaction or Forced Sale?

Did the Jewish art dealers who, in 1935, sold the Prussian state an ecclesiastical treasure from the Middle Ages do so under duress?  That's the issue a German mediation panel wrestled with.

Heirs of the businessmen say the jewel-encrusted silver and gold crucifixes, altars and other relics of the Guelph Treasure were purchased by the state at a time when Nazism was on the rise and Jews there were uncertain as to their future.  To their minds, the sale was made under duress, and the relics should be returned to the heirs.

However, according to an article in the New York Times, the panel's of the opinion that the sale price was in accordance with the appropriate value for the time.  So the panel doesn't see it as a forced sale and recommends the relics, valued in the neighborhood of a quarter-billion dollars, should stay with the state foundation.

According to the article, the panel's decision is not binding.  The heirs could still take the matter to court.

Guggenheim v. Guggenheim

Call it a family sqabble, if you will.  But heirs of art patron Peggy Guggenheim are suing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for what the plaintiffs say is a desecration of Ms. Guggenheim's contribution to the art world.

Ms. Guggenheim, who died in 1979, bequeathed to the Foundation her home in Venice, Italy, along with the substantial art collection she had there to be displayed on the site.  However, according to an article in the Art Newspaper, the Foundation accepted a large donation of art from German collectors and moved some of Ms. Guggenheim's collection into storage in order to make room for displaying the new works.

That crossed the line, at least as far as the plaintiffs are concerned, and they filed suit.

This Art Is a Crime

Law enforcement can sometimes be a gruesome business.  But who's to say it can't also be artistic?

A Los Angeles art gallery seems to think there's art in police work.  At least, in the crime scene photography that goes along with it.  Paris Photo Los Angeles has an upcoming exhibit featuring just such photos from the L.A.P.D.'s archives.

If you're into bullet holes, stick-up notes, and bloody body parts, check out the website.

Three's a Crowd Say Sitcom's Lawyers

You may recall the late 1970s' TV show, Three's Company--something of a flagship sitcom from what was known as television's "jiggle era."  Well, love it or hate it, the program is something of an iconic bit of TV history.  So a contemporary playwright decided to, as he puts it, "deconstruct" the premise of Three's Company in a comic play he titled 3C.

The show opened, apparently to mixed reviews.  And then came the cease-and-desist letter from the lawyers of the company that owns the rights to Three's Company.  Apparently, the company doesn't see 3C as a parody that's protected under the fair use doctrine.  It views the play as copyright infringement.

The playwright, David Adjmi decided to fight back.  He's filed suit in federal court alleging First Amendment and fair use doctrine rights.

Stay tuned...