“Why We Should Abolish Copyright for Visual Art” Professor Amy M. Adler

The fundamental purpose of copyright law is to encourage the constitutionally mandated “progress” of our culture.  Yet when it comes to the visual arts, copyright law has come to stifle the very creativity it was meant to foster. This lecture will explore the high-profile, escalating battles between copyright and art in order to upend some of the most basic assumptions on which copyright protection for visual art is grounded. It will show how copyright law’s “fair use” defense, meant to encourage creative expression, has instead created a chilling effect for artists.  And it will demonstrate that the foundational premise of copyright law—that the copy poses a threat to creativity—is simply not true for visual art. Ultimately, this lecture makes the case that we should abolish copyright protection for visual art.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

TU Law offers one hour of CLE credit for the legal community at no cost.

Amy Adler is the Emily Kempin Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where she teaches Art Law, First Amendment Law, and Feminist Jurisprudence. The Law School awarded her its Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. Adler’s recent scholarship addresses an array of issues such as the First Amendment treatment of visual images, the misfit between copyright law and the art market, the legal regulation of pornography, and the moral rights of artists. A leading expert on the intersection of art and law, Adler has lectured about these topics to a wide variety of audiences, from attorneys general to museum curators to the FBI. Adler graduated from the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and where she received the Marshall Allison Prize in the arts and letters. Adler clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the NYU Law faculty.

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Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

College of Law, Courtroom
3120 East 4th Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

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