Art Law is a unique specialty area of the law. After all, art occupies many roles in our culture and serves many functions for businesses, governments, museums, families, and artists. Art can be a form of expression, it can be a decoration, it can be a currency, and it can serve as the basis for many careers.

Common issues for art law include how works of art should be valued, how to protect intellectual property rights in art, free speech issues, authenticating and dealing with stolen artworks, and a variety of business issues related to the art industry.

The value of an art estate can be pretty complicated. There are many factors to consider, and anyone can lead to significantly higher or lower than expected valuations. These evaluations are essential for tax planning, estate transfers, charitable donations, loan collateral, and insurance disputes.

In this review, we'll talk about the different aspects of art valuation, how they're typically calculated, and why they're essential. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of the art valuation process and help you make better decisions when handling your art collection.

Copyrights are a form of intellectual property designed to protect the authorship of written, photographic, and produced/multimedia materials. An author or owner of intellectual property can grant permission for others to use their property or provide them with legal rights to their work.

Free speech issues in the art are often about one or more:
  • "Is this art or obscenity?"
  • "Is this art or a violation of some other law?"