ZAG-S&W’s Art & Museum Law group brings together lawyers with deep knowledge of the unique opportunities and challenges facing museums, artists, collectors, and other institutions devoted to the arts.
We represent museums and collectors with de-accessioning and sales/use tax on artwork that is on loan. We represent individual authors, musicians and music producers in negotiating publishing contracts and protecting their intellectual property rights. We also advise start-up companies in relation to rights clearance issues with website content and the use of third-party content, as well as domain name registrations, ownership disputes, and infringement matters.
ZAG-S&W lawyers have consulted with European museums about restitution claims and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act issues. High profile matters include the representation of plaintiffs seeking restitution of the Guelph Treasure, sold under duress by Jewish art dealers in 1935 to the Prussian government. We also advised a New York art dealer in litigation involving claims for restitution of artwork allegedly stolen during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II.
This pipeline of high-profile matters owes much to the quality of our team, which include a Best Lawyers’ “Boston Non-Profit/Charities Lawyer of the Year;” a former curatorial professional responsible for exhibition work and compliance with Association of Art Museum Directors provenance directives; seasoned intellectual property litigators; and many others.