Deal or no Deal(ing): A comparative look at copyright and fair dealing/fair use in the visual arts

Posted on: July 4, 2024 by

The Institute of Art and Law and Howard Kennedy LLP are pleased to announce an afternoon seminar on the topic of copyright and fair dealing in the visual arts. The event will bring together experts from the judiciary, cultural institutions, private practice and academia to discuss the scope and benefits of fair dealing for artists, commercial galleries and museums when creating, managing or trading in artworks that incorporate third-party material such as photographs, commercial adverts, film clips and music. Important international comparisons will be made with approaches to copyright exceptions in the EU and ‘fair use’ in the US. This will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge developments in the area, including case law and market practice, and to contribute to a moderated discussion with the speakers.

Keynote: Rt Hon Lord Justice Richard Arnold, Judge of the Court of Appeals of England and Wales

Date: 25 September 2024

Time: 1.30 pm to 6.00 pm, followed by a reception kindly sponsored by Howard Kennedy

Location: Howard Kennedy LLP, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

Price: £96.00, including VAT (50% discount for IAL and UKRG members)

Speakers: To be confirmed shortly!


  • The forms of fair dealing in the UK: research, private study, criticism, review, quotation, caricature, parody, pastiche, illustration for instruction
  • The scope of fair dealing: case law and practice
  • The relationship between fair dealing and artistic practice
  • International comparisons with the EU and ‘fair use’ in the US



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About Alexander Herman

Alexander is Director of the Institute of Art and Law. You can find him on Twitter @artlawalex and on LinkedIn. His two books 'The Parthenon Marbles Dispute – Heritage, Law Politics' and 'Restitution – The Return of Cultural Artefacts' are out now.