Lecture Art and Law – WS 23/24

Under the motto “Know your rights as an artist”, the lecture “Art and Law”, which is popular with young art students, took place again this semester on 20.10.2023.

The two-hour block course is aimed at students of the Academy of Art who encounter legal issues in the context of their artistic practice or in the realization of specific projects. In particular, the basics of copyright law and copyright contract law are taught.

To what extent am I entitled to exclusive personal and exploitation rights to my work? Does this require an entry in a register? What can I do if I want to use other people’s works in the context of my own artistic work? These and many other questions were illustrated using numerous examples from the art world, such as Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades (protection requirements) or the work of AI artist Refik Anadol (protectability of AI products).

The event, which was characterized by a mutual exchange of ideas, also focused on the discussion about the “fair exhibition fee”, which has been the subject of legal and political debate for many years, and the current pioneering strategies of some cities and municipalities such as Kassel and Berlin (the so-called “Berlin model”). This once again demonstrates the great need for a prompt and practicable change to the law.

The Art Law Clinic team would like to thank all participants for the exciting questions and insights into their everyday artistic lives!