Monday, October 22, 2012

Stolen Art Lecture and Cocktails Tonight at San Francisco War Memorial

Below is a link to a photograph of the San Francisco War Memorial

Below is a link to tonight's program:

I hope you can join us! Thanks to the Federal Bar Association ND California Chapter and Intellectual Property Law Sections for hosting and to the Northern California Chapter of the Copyright Society for promoting the event.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stolen Art: Litigating Holocaust-Era Expropriation Claims

The Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter andThe Federal Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
Invite you to an evening of scholarship and socializing
Stolen Art: Litigating Holocaust-Era Expropriation Claims
By Raymond J. Dowd
October 22, 2012 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
The Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial Peforming Arts Center
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Mr. Dowd’s presentation will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception
Price per person:       45 FBA Members       $55 Non-Members       1 Hour MCLE
The program will be appreciated by those with an interest in history, art or law,
so invite your friends and colleagues.
Please contact Bernadette Dunne for further information
Please RSVP using the attached form by October 17
Stolen Art: Litigating Holocaust-Era
Expropriation Claims
Please respond by Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Fill out this form and mail it with your check made payable to “Federal Bar Association, Northern District California Chapter” to:
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Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, P.C.
455 Market Street, Suite 1910
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cease and Desist Letters in Copyright Litigation CLE October 17

 The West LegalEdcenter
invites you to attend the CLE on
Cease and Desist Letters in Copyright Litigation:
Pitfalls for Practitioners
By Raymond J. Dowd
October 17, 2012 at 1 pm


Via live online format, or accessible up to 180 days after the event.  
Gain one CLE Credit in 33 states for the event
Price per person:
However, due to this special event, use the code
To get 25% off the market price for each program!
The program is designed for any practitioners involved in sending cease and desist letters related to any conduct including breach of contract, nuisance, trademark, copyright, domain name, patent and other disputes whether related to intellectual property or not.
Raymond J. Dowd is a partner of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City, and author of The Copyright Litigation Handbook.


The situation: a client wants a quick and dirty letter but does not want to pay much for it or think too hard on it. Is a cease and desist letter a recipe for a cost-effective settlement? Or will it snowball into a professional embarrassment, with the client getting hit with a lawsuit in an inconvenient forum? Dowd, a seasoned litigator, takes us through the ethical, tactical and strategic considerations and choices to be considered before a practitioner sends a cease and desist letter. What warnings should you give the client before proceeding?
Would it be better to commence a local declaratory judgment action? Why or why not? What is the first-to-file rule and how can a practitioner try to craft a cease and desist letter to best balance the client’s objectives? What are the risks of suit in a foreign jurisdiction by the recipient of a letter and how does one get out of the pickle without getting sanctioned? Is your cease and desist letter going to be publicly mocked by well-organized bloggers who have systematically attacked overreaching by IP owners?
Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook is the first publication to deal seriously with the interplay of cease and desist letters and declaratory judgment actions, devoting attention to case law that rarely reaches the appellate level, but is of critical importance to the life of everyday practitioners.
The New York Law Journal called Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook “an indispensable guide and supplement to the ins and outs of copyright litigation…”. Join us for a lively session on a hot topic. For more information on Copyright Litigation Handbook 2011 ed, please visit the Thomson Reuters Westlaw Store.
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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Nazi Art Looting Lecture at Claremont McKenna College

Tomorrow, October 8 I will be giving a lunchtime lecture titled Murder, Mystery and Egon Schiele's Dead City at the Marilyn Miner Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College

MoMA Refuses To Return Artworks Stolen from George Grosz #art #law

Friday, October 05, 2012

ABA Entertainment and Sports Forum in Las Vegas

Had a great day as a speaker on a panel called "The Picasso Project" about the Google Art Project. Terrific moderator LeeAnn Shelton, and co-panelists art expert Alexandra Darraby and Houston Museum of Fine Arts in-house counsel Carlotta Rodriguez. Very interesting debate and issues on the future of museums and the internet.