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Law for Artists: Copyright, the obscene and all the things in between

Law for Artists

Copyright, the obscene and all the things in between

By Blu Tirohl

Routledge – 2015 – 202 pages

Written especially for professional artists and those studying the visual arts, Law for Artists
is an accessible guide to those aspects of law that impact on artists
and their work. It encompasses a comprehensive range of creative
practices including fine art, photography, the graphic and plastic arts,
animation, illustration, applied and media arts, as well as fashion,
textile and product design.

As one of the few academics working in this field Blu Tirohl clearly
explains the legal principles – such as intellectual property,
censorship, freedom of expression and criminal law – that are relevant
to artists working in a range of disciplines. In order to illustrate
these key concepts the book includes an engaging collection of examples
of artists who have come into conflict with the law, demonstrating
precisely the challenges faced by creative practitioners. The author
also explores how the establishment co-opts transgressive artists;
bringing about a range of contradictions that create legal

While the focus is primarily on UK law, the reader is also given
ample information to understand how European law affects them. An entire
chapter is also dedicated to the comparative study of US Law through
well-known cases, ensuring students have a well-rounded knowledge of the
concepts that they need to consider in a professional context. The book
also provides additional resources including a list of useful websites,
a glossary of key terms, as well as a list of statutes and cases.

Law for Artists is an invaluable resource to professional
practitioners and art graduates, as well as the academics who instruct
them. This insightful publication, the first of its kind, helps
introduce artists to the professional practice skills needed to ensure
they are well-equipped to deal with working life.


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