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Lawyers for the Arts: NFT Digital Technology – New Digital Collectibles and Appropriation in Film, Music, Art, and Luxury Goods

March 29, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Presenting Sponsor: Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP 

6:30 pm – Reception with a cash bar in South Atrium

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Presentation followed by Q&A in Dickey Family Lecture Hall

Tickets: $15 registration per person 

Free for all Art+ Members

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

Event Description:

Join legal commentator Alexandra Darraby, founder of the Art Law Firm™ and author of Darraby on Art Law in a program featuring the dynamic impact of NFTs and appropriation on markets and collections, including Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, Andy Warhol and Prince, Hermes’ iconic Birkin bag, Gerard Genta’s heirloom watches –Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Cartier and Bulgari—and rapper and tokenizer Lil Yachty, and more. Alexandra, 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, including topics like: What are NFTs, what are the facts and myths about the block chain, the ledger, the cryptocurrency trade, and “meta.”. How and why have NFTs triggered appropriation litigation across the country on claims of copyright and trademark infringement, publicity rights, unfair competition. How can individuals and institutions adapt to rapid change, expand community outreach in a virtual environment, increase membership when members increasingly rely on social media and the internet. How do museums re-envision their missions and what is the meaning of patronage in a world of the metaverse and NFT collectors. How do exhibitions and art education traverses bricks and mortar buildings to the digital universe. How does society act responsibly and equitably for populations that do not have the economics or resources to access next-level technologies?

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 29, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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