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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

This webinar is designed to assist artists with the common legal inquiries and issues.

Amy J. Goldrich will share insight on copyright, contracting with galleries and museums, and best practices and resources.  There will also be a quick update on artists’ moral rights and discussion of current cases such as 5Pointz.

With respect to their own work: Can I copyright this? Should I copyright this? How?

With respect to other people’s work: How can I know if I can use this image or idea that somebody else came up with first? What can I do if
somebody used or copied my work?

With respect to contracts: Somebody wants me to sign this? Should I?

Can I change it? What parts can I/should I change?

With respect to moral rights: What’s going on with the 5Pointz case – are street art and murals protected against property owners who want to obliterate it without notice or compensation to the artist, or is it still business as usual?

Presenter Bio:

Amy J. Goldrich has a boutique law practice representing artists as well as select arts organizations, businesses, and collectors. Her office focuses on counseling, transactions, dispute resolution, and general private client representation in the contemporary art world, both domestically and internationally. Licensed by both the New York and California bars, she is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the State of California, and the Central District of California. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and was a longtime member of its prestigious Art Law Committee.   

Teaching and lecturing have played an important role throughout Amy’s career as an art lawyer. At Christie’s Education, she developed and taught Art Law I for its accredited MA program, Art Business and Law, as well as a course entitled “Art, Money & the Law” for Christie’s continuing education program. Before that, Amy was an adjunct instructor at New York University’s SCPS program in Art Business. Representative examples of Amy’s lectures, webinars and in the United States and abroad include: the College Art Association; Charles University (Prague) and Masaryk University (Brno), both in the Czech Republic; Cornell University, Rutgers University-Newark; West Legal Ed Center; ARCO (Madrid, Spain); Art Chicago; Matucana 100 (Santiago, Chile); and many others 

Her article, “Is a Right of First Refusal an Offer You Can’t Refuse?” appeared in the September 2011 edition of Spencer’s Art Law Journal on Artnet, and has since been cited in a number of scholarly works; “Much Ado About New York Museum Deaccessioning” appeared in the Spring 2011 Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Journal of the New York State Bar Association. She has also been interviewed and quoted in publications as diverse as Artnet News, The New York Times, Art & Antiques, MarketWatch, Tendencias del Mercado de Arte,, and Registered Rep Magazine 

Amy supports and serves on the Executive Committee for Friends of Education at MoMA, and is a member of the Studio Society at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she supplied major support for the project, Maren Hassinger: Monuments (2018-2019). She is also a member of the Skowhegan Council. Amy is a committed collector of work by appearing and more established contemporary artists, including Diana Al-Hadid, Radcliffe Bailey, Alvin Baltrop, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Cordova, Anne Collier, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Leslie Hewitt, Mark Lombardi, Hank Willis Thomas, and others. 

After earning her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University, Amy served as a Dean Acheson Fellow and stagiaire at the European Court of Justice, General Court (then the Court of First Instance), in Luxembourg. She lives and works in New York City with her partner, Nick Kline, an artist, and professor at Rutgers University – Newark. 


  • Type: Webinar
  • Time: October 14, 2020 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Venue:Zoom