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Art, Technology, and Legal Grey Zones

March 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When should legal rules guide the decisions of major artistic institutions or the “tagmarks” of fortune 500 companies? Should ethical “norms” prevent a major museum from selling works in order to cover operating costs if other sources of funds have been exhausted? When and how should major companies be able to direct and restrict speech on social media?

Join professors Brian L. Frye and Alexandra Roberts as they discuss the legal rules that museums and major companies are forced to play by when making business decisions. Professor Frye will discuss the circumstances under which museums are allowed to sell their work and why the rules around deaccessioning don’t make any sense, drawing upon the examples of The Rose Museum, The Fresno Met, The Berkshire Museum, the DIA and The Barnes Foundation. Professor Roberts will focus on the way that new technologies have challenged old rules around trademarks, for example, how they apply to social media campaigns. You will walk away with an appreciation of what happens to the law when it is sucked into a “legal grey zone,” and how businesses make decisions when stuck in a rock and a hard place.

Additionally, both of our panelists are artists and will be performing during the lunch event! Professors Frye and Roberts have continued creating new work (in film and poetry) throughout their careers, and have agreed to share their work as well as their insight on how to balance law and art!


March 22, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
Student Orgs Events


WCC 1010 Classroom


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Catherine Wiener
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