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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Federal Judge Rules That Vermont Law School Can Cover Underground Railroad Murals Despite Artist's Objection

Vermont Mural

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Bloomberg Law, Vermont Law School Thwarts Claim It Can’t Hide Slavery Murals:

Vermont Law School can permanently cover controversial murals depicting the Underground Railroad without violating an artists rights law, a Vermont federal court said.

Artist Samuel Kerson argued the school’s plans to hide his murals behind bolted-in acoustic sheetrock panels violated the Visual Artists Rights Act, which conditionally restrains parties from destroying or modifying works without artist permission.

But the law doesn’t cover hiding works, even though both parties agree it will be impossible to remove the panels without damaging the work, the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont said.

Update:

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage: 

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2021/10/federal-judge-rules-that-vermont-law-school-can-cover-underground-railroad-murals-despite-artists-objection.html

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