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Central District of California Holds That the California Resale Royalty Act Is Preempted by Federal Copyright Law

As previously discussed on this blog, the validity of the California Resale Royalty Act (the “RRA,” Civil Code Section 986), a 1976 law that requires resellers of fine art to pay a royalty of 5 percent to the artists behind the works, was challenged in a dispute between a group of artists and Christie’s Inc., … Continue Reading

After Seven Years, Second Circuit Denies Claim to Stolen Art by Heirs of Holocaust Victim

Cases about Nazi-era stolen artwork can present some of the more complicated issues.   Stemming from cross border theft, these disputes often include difficulties regarding venue, complex factual scenarios, the sovereign decisions of foreign governments, and other issues of public and private international law.  But although these issues and more were present in a recent case … Continue Reading