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Lawyers for the Arts: NFT Digital Technology – “From the Stone Age to the Metaverse: NFTs as Virtual Pathways to Film, Art, Music, Luxury Goods and Legal Practice,” after the book by Alexandra Darraby

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Presenting Sponsor: Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP 
CLE credit available (this date only)

5:30 pm – Complimentary cocktails and light snacks in South Atrium

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Presentation followed by Q&A in Dickey Family Lecture Hall

Tickets: $50 registration per person 

Free for Art+ Members at Sustainer-level and above

To reserve a ticket with your Art+ Membership discount, please call our front desk at 813.274.8130

Event Description:

The Tampa Museum of Art presents a Lawyers for the Arts program with Art and Law Lawyer Alexandra Darraby. The presentation geared towards lawyers and art enthusiasts will focus on NFTs, the metaverse, copyright, and technology.

Neither technology nor culture is new nor modern. But entertainment and luxury goods are in a digital ascendance in the form of Non Fungible Tokens. Alexandra Darraby, founder of the Art Law Firm®, former gallery owner and law professor, describes the connectivity of tech and culture based on recent cases shared from her newest book on arts & technology, excerpted here: “The metaverse is the new virtual and visual frontier, a user- interactive digital environment based in computer-generated spaces of augmented and virtual realities, NFTs and cryptocurrency. These are ether worlds in which visual imagery predominates. Virtual reality thus impacts—and challenges–traditional bricks and mortar interactions, judicial administration and
attorney-client engagement. Technology upends categorizing legal claims, interpreting traditional statutory terms; re-evaluating demographics for litigation and juries, and impacts the meaning of societal and legal community engagement.” Join legal commentator Alexandra, author of Darraby on Art Law, in a program featuring the dynamic impact of NFTs and appropriation on markets, collections and legal practice, including Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, Andy Warhol and Prince, Lil Yachty, heirloom and iconic brands like Hermes, Patek Philippe, Cartier and Bulgari, and more. Presentation includes how and why have NFTs trigger appropriation types of litigation on claims of copyright and trademark infringement, publicity rights, unfair competition and how lawyers and law firms might ethically and responsibly advise clients in a climate of rapid change and inconclusive adjudication.

Specific Topics:

1. A description and explanation of facts and myths about NFTs, block chain, digital ledger, and cryptocurrency
2. A critique of using “meta” as a mark, the metaverse, and the cases on infringement
3. The relationship between on the one part, appropriation, and on the other, infringement in copyright, trademark, and publicity rights.

About Alexandra Darraby:

Alexandra Darraby is a founder and principal of The Art Law Firm, counsel to creative sectors in the arts, new media, performance, entertainment, fashion, publishing, nonprofits, technology, and architecture. Clients and projects span four continents and include institutions, corporations, museums, individuals, and foundations.

As legal advisor to pioneering clients and industry insight as a former gallerist of contemporary art, Ms. Darraby has expertise in innovative strategies on intellectual property, technology, development, production, distribution, and licensing. Thomson Reuters West celebrated the 25th-anniversary edition of Darraby on Art Law, a multivolume legal treatise. Her new book on technology and art is scheduled for publication this year.

Ms. Darraby is involved in legacy projects, foundations and estates, trusts, collections management, IP, and estate audits. The firm’s model agreements are used in various sectors in the arts, including collections, curators, and conservation. Client matters include internet advertising, auction agreements, art portfolio management, branding and merchandising, IP rights, NFTs and usage, publicity rights, catalogue publishing, exhibitions and collections, and public art. Ms. Darraby functions as outside general counsel to universities, foundations, and arts organizations, and as a consultant to governmental agencies on general and diverse matters, including catalogue raisonnée, moral rights, rights of privacy and publicity, corporate and nonprofit law, international transactions, trade deals and purchase and sale, antiquities and war-era materials, authenticity, risk management, ethics, and first amendment. She has served as pro bono as counsel to national arts organizations, African American collections and museums, and Friends of the Uffizi Gallery.

Admissions include the Court of International Trade, the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and various district courts and appearances in the New York Supreme Court. Ms. Darraby is a mediator, a court-appointed expert, and has testified and served as an expert witness on civil and criminal matters, including forensics, authenticity, and art fraud, a Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, and consultant to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Alexandra is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Canada Council Fellow, awarded a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, and earned a J.D. from Boalt Hall, now Berkeley Law School. She taught art law at Pepperdine University School of Law and is a Guest Professor at the University of Maine Law School. Ms. Darraby is Chair of the International Division of the ABA Entertainment and Sports Forum, past Chair of the International Section of the California Bar Association, now CLA, and former Chair of the Forum’s Arts & Museums Division. Publications, law reviews, and byline credits include The New York Times, LA Times, the Daily Journal, NPR, Smithsonian, msnbc.com, newsweek.com, Law 360, and others. She has been a guest and keynote speaker for government, arts, and museum programs in Paris, Madrid, London, Brussels, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Canada, and throughout the United States. A list of all appearances and media can be found at https://www.artlawfirm.com For more information, contact darrabya@artlawfirm.com


Presenting SponsorLogo: Frank R. Jakes, Zachary D. Messa, Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP Counselors at Law

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March 28
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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