Copyright and Photography: Vila v. Deadly Doll Holds That Photo of a Useful Article of Clothing with Copyrighted Artwork Is Not a Derivative Work

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Dana Sussman

This post is the fifth in a series on Copyright and Photography. Read the first post here, the second post here, the third post here, the fourth post here and the sixth post here. On March 27, 2023, photographer Carlos Vila won a double victory in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in […]

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Copyright in AI-Generated Artwork: Addendum

This post is an update. Read the original post here.  In October 2022 we reported that Kristina Kashtanova, a New York-based artist, received a copyright registration for a graphic novel with AI-generated artwork. We wondered whether this meant that the Copyright Office would register works with AI-generated elements if they also identified a human author or […]

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Preserving Cultural Heritage: Some Bright Spots Amidst the Losses

Our prior insights about cultural heritage have dealt with irreparable losses and the limitations of using traditional intellectual property law to preserve intangible cultural assets. We have also focused on the controversies that arise when IP law and traditional values collide. For example, the 50th anniversary in July 2021 of the creation of the Australian […]

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